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Thierry Henry tipped for successful coaching role by Frank Lebouef

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Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf believes compatriot Thierry Henry has all the tools to become a successful coach at the end of his career.

The ex-Arsenal striker may have played his final competitive game this weekend, as the New York Red Bulls suffered yet more MLS playoff heartache in a 4-3 aggregate defeat against the New England Revolution.

Big decision

Henry’s contract in America is now set to come to an end, and the 37-year-old must make one of the biggest decisions of his career - whether to continue or call time on an illustrious career.

And, if this is the end on the pitch for Henry, then his former French international teammate has no doubts that he can make it as a coach.

"He was a great player. I can see him becoming a coach without a problem. On TV, too, because he speaks very well. He has a future in football that's for sure,” Leboeuf told Telefoot.

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"He was unstoppable, a true legend at Arsenal where he has his own statue. He was a world champion when he was 20. He succeeded in what was the most difficult: to have a great career after becoming a world champion. It's enormous. I hope he continues.”

Henry joined the Gunners from Juventus in 1999, and after a shaky start went on to become the club's record scorer with 226 goals in all competitions. He won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups during his eight years at Highbury and the Emirates Stadium.

He again returned in a loan spell in 2012, scoring some crucial goals for Arsene Wenger - including an FA Cup winner on second debut.

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Leboeuf, meanwhile, joined Chelsea in 1996 and spent six seasons at Stamford Bridge. In that time, he became a mainstay in the France national team and helped them win the World Cup alongside Henry in 1998.

Arsenal fans will be hoping that Henry considers returning to the club in a coaching capacity, joining another former player in the shape of Steve Bould on the bench in north London.

As Leboeuf referenced though, TV options are sure to be on the table after appearances with both the BBC and Sky Sports, and that’s a path the ex-Chelsea great has followed himself after his retirement in 2005.

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