EXCLUSIVE | By Editor
Arsenal will offer Thierry Henry a backroom role when he completes his coaching badges, Football Insider sources understand.
Henry is one of the most prominent Sky Sports pundits after signing a lucrative package with the satellite broadcaster following his retirement from the game last December.
But he still harbours ambitions to move into management and has begun taking his coaching badges at Arsenal’s London Colney headquarters.
“Thierry is highly regarded for his knowledge of the game and has a future role at the club once he has qualified,” a source told Football Insider.
Henry is likely to have a decision to make in the future on whether to move full-time into coaching or do the job on a part-time basis and combine it with punditry in a similar way to England coach Gary Neville.
Wenger believes Henry, who is Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer, is capable of turning his hand to becoming a manager.
“Has he the quality to be a manager? Yes… but he has to decide to sacrifice his life,” Wenger said last year. “When you’re a player, you think it’s so simple to be a manager. When you are a manager, you think it’s so complicated suddenly and if you’re not prepared for that you cannot survive.
“One quality that you need is resistance to criticism when you feel it’s not justified. I don’t know how he’ll handle that.
“He has to learn the job first. I have seen so many who have the qualities and they have not survived their first job because they are not ready.”