There appears to have been a bit of a falling out between Thierry Henry and Arsene Wenger.
Reports from the Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The Sun have all claimed that the legendary Arsenal striker has been told to leave the club by the longstanding manager after a disagreement over his commitments with Sky Sports.
Henry had previously split his time between coaching Arsenal's academy teams and his punditry duties for the television network. He was able to qualify for a UEFA A license with the help of his former team and was hoping to go one step further and gain a pro license within the next year.
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That would require him to become a full-time coach and Henry had hoped to take up that role with Arsenal's Under-18 squad. Head of academy Andries Jonker had already offered him the role only for Wenger to step in and withdraw it.
Henry then offered to do the job for free and to spend time with Arsenal's first-team strikers, but it appears those kind offers were not taken up.
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Piers Morgan, forever unhappy with the goings-on at the Emirates, quickly took to Twitter to make his feelings about the situation clear. He claims to have been told that the decision was purely based on Wenger's "ego".
He wrote over the course of several tweets: "Thierry Henry being driven out of Arsenal coaching staff is an utter disgrace.
"Arsenal manager fires @ThierryHenry from coaching staff for not giving up Sky TV gig. Same manager who also does TV punditry. #hypocrite."
He who shall not be named
You may notice that Morgan refers to Wenger as 'the Arsenal manager' and there is a very good reason for that. He recently committed to never mentioning the Frenchman's name again, at least until he leaves his role with the Gunners.
And it seems he is still very much committed to sticking to his word.
Morgan's mention of hypocrisy is, of course, referring to the fact that Wenger has enjoyed a punditry role with beIN Sports during the European Championships in France. That would make Wenger's reservations about Henry rather curious indeed.
But there is a vital difference. Wenger has only ever taken up punditry work when officially on holiday from his duties as Arsenal manager, whether that be on international breaks or during the summer.
Being a Sky Sports pundit is completely different. There are adverts to film and potentially four match days to cover (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday). All the while, Arsenal's season, including in the youth academies, are in full flow.
It has apparently led Wenger to conclude that an Under-18 coach is a full-time role and any person hoping to take it up needs to commit 100% of their time to it.
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