Former Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann wants Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as his assistant as he closes in on landing PSG job.
Nagelsmann met his match during the international break in March when he was sacked as Bayern Munich manager after crisis talks with the club.
Nagelsmann has been out of the dugout since then but was linked to the two vacant positions at two top Premier League clubs in London – Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
The 35-year-old was a top contender for Chelsea job before he opted out after a dragging series of talks and negotiations with the club’s hierachy.
Meanwhile, former PSG and Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, was also in contention for the job. Pochettino was a clear favorite to take over with his previous experience in the Premier League.
Nagelsmann bowed out of the race and was again linked to another opening at another London side, Tottenham Hotspur, who were looking for Antonio Conte’s successor following the departure of the Italian late in the season.
Julian Nagelsmann was also ruled out of the Tottenham job after his series of transfer demands from the club’s hierachy.
Now, according to the Telegraph, Nagelsmann is likely to replace Christophe Galtier at PSG this summer. The German tactician is currently in talks with the French Ligue 1 giants and is closing in on a deal.
Talks between the two parties have advanced but final details of the contract is yet to be agreed upon. Nevertheless, all is going as planned and official announcement could be made soon.
Julian Nagelsmann wants Thierry Henry as Assistant
The report by the Telegraph adds Nagelsmann has made a demand on PSG hierachy should he land the job. He has reportedly put it to the club he wants French football icon, Thierry Henry, at the PSG dugout with him if he is appointed Christophe Galtier’s successor.
Julian Nagelsmann and Thierry Henry have never worked together in the dugout but sources close to Nagelsmann says the German may wants Henry due to his overwhelming influence in French football.
Thierry Henry is a respected former France international. He made 153 appearances for France national team, scoring 57 goals before calling time on his career.
Henry has veered into football management after his legendary playing career. His first stint as a manager was with Belgium, where he worked as an assistant for Roberto Martinez with Belgium national team from 2016 to 2018.
He has managed French Ligue 1 side and PSG top rivals, Monaco, as first team manager from 2018 to 2019.
In 2019, he joined MLS side Montreal Impact as manager for two years and later returned to work with Roberto Martinez again as assistant manager at Belgium in 2021.
Henry’s last duty post was at the 2022 World Cup with Belgium senior national team.
With his experience in both assistant roles and first team management, it is still unclear whether the 57-year-old would accept Julian Nagelsmann’s offer should the latter land the PSG job.
However, there are speculations Henry may likely accept the role due to his relationship with Kylian Mbappe, who holds the former footballer in high esteem.
Despite Julian Nagelsmann’s ordeal at Bayern Munich, he is tipped as one of the most promising young managers in Europe.
Nagelsmann led RB Leipzig to the final of 2021/22 DFB-Pokal.
He won the 2021/22 Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich and the DFL-Super Cup back-to-back in 2021 and 2022.