August 22, 2018 / 10:42 AM / a month ago

Ex-France forward Henry to become Bordeaux coach - RMC Sport TV

PARIS (Reuters) - Former France forward Thierry Henry has agreed to become coach of FC Girondins de Bordeaux, broadcaster RMC Sport reported on Wednesday, citing sources close to the Ligue 1 club.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - World Cup - Third Place Play Off - Belgium v England - Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia - July 14, 2018 Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry before the match REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Henry, who enjoyed a stellar club career with Arsenal and Barcelona, had been assistant coach for the Belgian national team.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - World Cup - Belgium Training - Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 22, 2018 Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry during training REUTERS/Carl Recine

He replaces former Uruguay international Gus Poyet at the helm of the Ligue 1 side. Poyet had been suspended last week for his comments on the club’s transfer dealings after the sale of striker Gaetan Laborde to Montpellier.

RMC Sport said the club’s prospective new American owners, who agreed to buy Bordeaux from M6 at the end of July, still needed to validate the agreement.

Henry, France’s record goalscorer, would join Patrick Vieira as the latest member of the national team’s 1998 World Cup winning squad to manage in the country’s top flight after he joined Nice this season.

Bordeaux has won the French league title six times with the last championship coming in 2009 under the leadership of another 1998 World Cup winner, Laurent Blanc.

Reporting by John Irish; editing by John Stonestreet and Christian Radnedge

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