- Thierry Henry was snubbed for the manager's job at Bordeaux due to his wage demands
- Bordeaux chiefs claim it was a 'financial decision' not to appoint the France and Arsenal legend
- The 41-year-old Henry is back as assistant to Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez
French Ligue 1 campaigners Bordeaux have finally revealed the reason why Arsenal and French legend Thierry Henry was not handed the club’s coaching job due to his massive wage demands.
According to a UK Sun report citing sources at L'Equipe, the club’s new management rejected naming the 41-year-old Belgium assistant manager who was in the running to take over from Gus Poyet at the French topflight side, after the pair reached an agreement after holding talks.
However, the former Gunners forward was discarded at the last moment due to a disagreement over cash demands, as Joe DaGrosa, the US investment fund that was expected to see out the buyout of Bordeaux this September, revealed that rejecting Henry’s appointment was a "financial decision".
"In each business, whether it be a football team, a shop or an insurance company, there are business plans.
"And sometimes that involves taking difficult decisions.
"We had hoped to reach an agreement with Thierry Henry, but sometimes reasonable people can disagree. That's what happened.
"I have a lot of respect for him. He was a great player and he has a very interesting career plan, but we took a financial decision and not an emotional one.
"Thierry Henry perhaps had a bad impression of our talks but at the end of our meeting, we made it clear that it was we who were leaving the talks for financial reasons.
"There was no confusion on the matter,” DaGrosa was quoted as saying.
Interestingly, the report further claimed that Henry was snubbed in favour of Brazilian tactician Ricardo, was looking at a monthly salary of £178,000.
The Frenchman also added other pecks that included logistics in moving his family as well as commission for his agent Darren Dein.
"The conditions demanded by his agent are off the scale given he doesn't have any experience.
"We didn't have to face up to those sorts of demands for Laurent Blanc when he started his career,” a top official of the Ligue 1 side was quoted as saying to L'Equipe.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has landed a new role with Belgium’s Red Devils after failing to get the Bordeaux job.
According to a UK Sun report, the Frenchman was close to quitting the Belgium job to join the Ligue 1 side but has now decided to stay back, as manager Roberto Martinez has now promoted him to No 2..
Confirming the latest development earlier today, Martinez revealed Henry was moving up from being his second assistant coach to No 2 on his backroom team.
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