Curtis Davies believes that Bournemouth would be taking a huge risk if they appointed Thierry Henry as their manager after he emerged as a leading candidate.
It was suggested yesterday that the Frenchman would be named as Jason Tindall’s successor, and whilst that update seemed premature, it is clear that Henry is in the running to take over at the Vitality Stadium.
Currently in charge of Montreal Impact, this is the Arsenal legend’s second job after a tough start in management with Monaco.
And, speaking to EFL on Quest, Derby County centre-back Davies explained why Henry’s lack of experience and understanding of the second tier could be problematic.
“It’s an interesting one Thierry Henry being the favourite, when he’s not managed in this country. Let alone the Championship. He knows everything about the Premier League, but the Championship is a totally different animal.”
A 1-0 win over Rotherham last night means the Cherries remain sixth in the table, and they hold a six point advantage over the chasing pack.
Jonathan Woodgate has been in temporary charge since Tindall’s dismissal, and may be in the dugout against QPR this weekend.
Have any of these 22 players ever been in AFC Bournemouth’s academy?
You can understand Davies’ point of view here, and there’s no denying giving a manager his first shot in the Championship when we’re approaching the final few months of the campaign is a massive risk.
However, it doesn’t mean Henry would fail. David Wagner, Nuno Espirito Santo and Marcelo Bielsa are just three managers who succeeded at this level with no previous Championship experience, so it’s not a must have.
Ultimately, the Bournemouth board have been speaking to the candidates, and fans have to trust their judgement.
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