CHERRIES were not refused permission by Montreal to speak with Thierry Henry but, after further consideration, decided Jonathan Woodgate was the best candidate for the role of head coach, the Daily Echo understands.

The Dorset club today confirmed Woodgate was permanently appointed into the hot seat for the remainder of the season.

Former France and Arsenal forward Henry had been heavily linked with the role at Vitality Stadium, with it being widely reported Cherries had asked for MLS outfit Montreal’s permission to speak with the 43-year-old.

But Cherries’ board have opted to appoint Woodgate after the former Middlesbrough boss had impressed in taking five games in caretaker charge.

Woodgate admitted he had not interviewed for the job but it was deemed he had put himself into consideration for the permanent position as a live interview, having taken the side in recent weeks.

His appointment also means all current coaching staff are set to remain in place in their positions. That means Stephen Purches will be Woodgate’s assistant.

Woodgate, 41, had been appointed as a first-team coach at Vitality Stadium under previous boss Jason Tindall, replacing Graeme Jones who had left to join Newcastle United.

The Daily Echo understands it is yet to be decided whether Woodgate will be able to bring in another coach to fill that role, which was initially his own at Vitality Stadium.

It is understood the club’s under-21 boss Shaun Cooper and his coaching staff have been stepping up to help in sessions.

Woodgate’s first game in permanent charge comes against Cardiff at Vitality Stadium on Wednesday.