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Thierry Henry will not be the next Bordeaux coach after talks collapsed over transfer funding – and his demand for a £180,000-a-month salary.

The Arsenal legend, 41, had been close to taking his first step into management with the Ligue 1 club.

But with the deal complicated by an American investment company taking over Bordeaux next month, no deal could be reached and Henry could yet take the No.2 job at Belgium at Roberto Martinez.

Current owners M6 were keen to appoint Henry but Americans GACP expressed concern about his lack of experience to replace Gus Poyet.

And France’s top goalscorer reckoned the €80m (£72m) promised to spend in the next three years would not be enough – and he wanted three players to be signed before the closure of the French window on August 31.

L’Equipe also claims that Bordeaux baulked at the £180,000 gross salary demand – as well as paying commission to his agent Darren Dein and the relocation and travel costs of Henry’s family.

Ex-Nantes and Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri had been Bordeaux’s next target but he has appeared to rule himself out of a return to French football.

“Germany really attracts me even if the language barrier is not an insignificant problem,” the Italian told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“And I am curious about Portugal where there are great players and excellent coaches.”

Thierry Henry had been close to taking over at Bordeaux
(Image: AFP)

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