Aston Villa UNCOVERED: Insider reveals Steve Bruce talks as Thierry Henry deal looms

The Aston Villa manager will hold crunch talks over his future with the club’s new owners.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is ready to replace Bruce having verbally agreed to take the job.

Bruce, 57, is understood to have had no indication of any plans for a change at the top.

But he will get the answers he needs on Wednesday when the club’s new powerbrokers Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens fly in to meet him for the first time.

Aston Villa insider

A club source at  said: “He’s completely in the dark.

“He’s been just getting on with things because there’s been no indication for him to do otherwise.”

Bruce has been making plans for Villa’s pre-season friendly with West Ham on Wednesday night.

But whether he will still be in charge to take his place in the dugout at Walsall remains to be seen.

Bruce is desperate to stay at the helm after just missing out on promotion to the Premier League last season.

He took the club to the play-off final but losing to Fulham at Wembley sent the club hurtling towards administration after missing out on the near £200m windfall promotion would have given them.

Chinese owner Tony Xia only just managed to pay the club’s tax bill and this week surrendered his control to new investors Sawiris and Edens.

Thierry Henry credentials

Henry has never managed a club but was Roberto Martinez’s right-hand man for Belgium, guiding them to the World Cup semi-finals where they lost to eventual winners France.

Henry has since announced he wants to go it alone as a manager and also gave up his lucrative pundit role with Sky.

Bruce signed a one-year rolling deal when he joined the club just under two years ago.

A parting of the ways would cost Villa in the region of £1.5m.

Pressure on Henry

Meanwhile, former QPR boss Ian Holloway says Henry will be under pressure straight away should the Frenchman take over at Villa Park.

“Can Thierry [get promoted] in his first season? And will he get longer than one year?” Holloway told Express Sport.

“That’s what you’ve got to ask yourself. Football is changing so dramatically in recent years.

“You’re always getting ‘sacked in the morning’. Literally, you might be.”

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