Thierry Henry takes first coaching role at Arsenal's Hale End academy

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Thierry Henry has taken his first major step towards becoming a manager by taking up a position at Arsenal's Hale End academy.

The Gunners' all-time leading goalscorer will work with the club's youngsters after being offered the role, and has already started to earn his coaching badges, which are required to take up a managerial role at the top level.


The 36-year-old has already taken sessions with Arsenal's youngsters and is currently working towards his UEFA 'A' and 'B' coaching qualifications. 

Henry retired from the game at the end of the last MLS season having spent his final years playing with New York Red Bulls, and has returned to England to work as a pundit for Sky Sports.


The former striker has previously admitted that he would love to one day become manager of Arsenal - but only when Arsene Wenger has decided that he's had enough. 

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The 36-year-old admitted last year: The thing is I have so much respect for Arsene, and if it does happen eventually, one day, it is going to have to be after him.

"I don’t actually want to talk about it right now because he is doing such a great job, but hopefully after him, yes.”


Henry scored 228 goals for Arsenal in 377 appearances for the club across two spells, helping them to win two Premier League titles and three FA Cups, while also leading the line in their 2006 Champions League final defeat.


While it is a rather romantic notion that Henry could one day take over at Arsenal, history has taught us that appointing a boss because of emotional ties rather than with cold hard logic rarely works. Alan Shearer's return to Newcastle couldn't have gone worse, Kenny Dalglish - in his second spell anyway - had Liverpool treading water while others around them progressed, and Glen Hoddle came and went at Tottenham.

Of course there is the odd exception to the rule - Alan Pardew looks particularly comfortable at Crystal Palace at the moment - but that's not because of the emotional connection to the club; it's because he is a good manager, end of. Thierry Henry has to pay his dues before he can be considered one of those.

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