Thierry Henry is closing in on his first management job in English football – moving him a step closer to his ultimate dream.
Mirror Sport understands Henry could be confirmed as the new Cherries boss as early as next week after making an official approach to CF Montreal for talks.
Henry, 43, is the top choice to replace Jason Tindall after he was sacked and Jonathan Woodgate was put in caretaker charge two weeks ago.
It would be a big step for Henry to take over the Championship club as they look to secure a return to the Premier League.
And it would also move him closer to one day achieving his dream of returning to Arsenal as a manager.
Henry is Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer with 228 goals and previously admitted he would love nothing more than to return to the Emirates as a manager.
“I do dream of managing Arsenal, but I also dream of running up the court and doing a slam dunk,” he told Canal Plus last February. “It doesn’t mean it’ll happen.
“But, yes, I’ll want to manage Arsenal until the day I die.”
Henry started his coaching career as assistant to Roberto Martinez at Belgium before taking his first job with Monaco.
After being sacked in January 2019 after just 20 games in charge, he headed to the MLS with Montreal.
His former Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger, also admitted he would love to see Henry one day follow in his footsteps and become manager at the Emirates.
Asked by The Guardian if he would like to see Henry follow in his footsteps, Wenger said: “Well, I wish.
“I hope that Thierry Henry is successful in his career as a manager, and if he’s successful as a manager he might one day come back to Arsenal.
“But I especially wish that we go back to win the championship before that happens.
“For example, now we have Mikel Arteta in charge, why should we not do it? A club is about identity.
“Identity is about values and values are about the people who carry these values. And so it’s important there is a continuity on that front for me.”