Thierry Henry has been working with Arsenal’s youngsters this season and will become the assistant manager of the club’s Under-18 side ahead of the 2016-17 campaign.
This is according to Goal, who have exclusively revealed that Henry is expected to become Kwame Ampadu’s No.2 from next season.
Henry gained his UEFA A coaching license in March, under the guidance of the Welsh FA, while working alongside Arsenal’s youth teams but will be handed an official role this summer.
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The news will be welcomed by the Gunners’ fans, who regard the former France international as a genuine club legend.
Henry has a statue outside the Emirates Stadium, in recognition of his remarkable achievements during his eight-year stint with the north London outfit, and is the club’s all-time top scorer with 228 goals.
Henry will continue at Sky Sports
As well as working with Arsenal’s youngsters since ending his playing career in 2014, Henry has also been working as a pundit on Sky Sports.
It’s understood the 38-year-old will combine his job with Sky and his new coaching role.
Henry accused of favouritism
Henry found himself at the centre of a favouritism row last month, following the completion of his UEFA A License.
Some people studying alongside Henry with the FAW for the coaching badge felt the former Arsenal and Barcelona star had been ‘fast-tracked’ and could not have completed the work required to gain the qualification during the relatively short time he was on the course.
“There was no way humanly possible Thierry had even completed his UEFA B licence and could have finished all his assessments and tasks on the A licence when everyone else participating on the course has not even had the chance,” Will Foley, a former Swansea City player who nows works as a coach, was quoted as saying by the Independent in March.
Henry tipped to manage Arsenal in future
Henry, with his current qualifications, is able to manage a team below Premier League level or a youth academy.
He has also been linked with the Arsenal job, tipped by some to replace Arsene Wenger once his compatriot finally walks away from the Emirates Stadium.
Henry is currently the bookmakers’ joint-fifth for the gig, alongside former teammate Patrick Vieira.
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