Henry seeks coaching role after leaving Arsenal post

Thierry Henry is determined to prove Arsene Wenger wrong and successfully combine his first steps into coaching.

Published: 13th July 2016 08:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th July 2016 08:36 AM   |  A+A-

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Former Arsenal footballer Thierry Henry (File|AFP)

Thierry Henry is determined to prove Arsene Wenger wrong and successfully combine his first steps into coaching with his work for Sky television.

Wenger told Arsenal's record goalscorer that he would have to quit his role as a Sky pundit to work towards his Uefa Pro Licence as a coach with the club's under-18s, despite the fact the former striker had already been offered a job by head of the academy Andries Jonker.

Henry has now left Arsenal, where he coached while he worked for Sky last season, but is looking to take up a post elsewhere. Exploratory talks have been held with officials at Watford and West Ham United, while there is also the possibility of landing a job with a national association.

What is certain is that Henry will continue to work towards getting his Pro Licence and is confident he can do so while also fulfilling the obligations of his pounds 4?million-a-year Sky contract.

Henry had been willing to work alongside Kwame Ampadu with Arsenal's Under-18s for free and assured Wenger, the Arsenal manager, that his Sky commitments would not become an issue, but the 6-year-old would not budge.

Further offers of Henry going in to work with Arsenal's strikers for one day a week were also repelled by Wenger, who was adamant that he must quit Sky to stay at the club in any capacity.

Wenger was unhappy with Henry's claim on Sky last season that he had never seen the Arsenal fans so unhappy and the relationship between the pair has soured since.

Former captain Tony Adams has taken the job with the under-18s that Henry hoped to fill on a trial basis and is three weeks in to a five-week probationary period. Former midfielder Freddie Ljungberg is also back in a coaching capacity.


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