Back in December 2014, Sky Sports couldn’t have been prouder to announce the acquisition of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as their new star pundit.
They even released a special advert welcoming Henry with the likes of Gary Neville, Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher all eulogising over the Frenchman.
“The best team just got better,” Sky boasted after beating rivals BT Sport to Henry’s signature.
Their palpable excitement, although a little over the top, was understandable.
Henry, arguably the best player of the Premier League era, appeared to be the complete package. He’s smooth, charming and boasted a CV to rival the greatest players of his generation.
It was revealed at the time that Henry would be paid an eye-watering £4 million-a-year by Sky Sports up until 2019. His contract also included an option for a further two-year extension.
Neville, by comparison, was reportedly earning £1.2 million from Sky at the time. The former Manchester United captain had revolutionised football punditry in Britain, so viewers were expecting fireworks when the highly-paid Henry made his first appearance on Sky at the start of 2015.
Many viewers have been underwhelmed by Henry
However, football fans were initially left rather underwhelmed by his analysis and their feelings haven’t changed much over the past three-and-a-half years.
Type ‘Henry worst pundit’ into Twitter’s search function and you’ll be scrolling for days. A lot of people simply don’t rate his qualities as a pundit.
And according to a new report from the Daily Mail, it seems that Sky Sports themselves now regret handing Henry such a lucrative contract.
It’s understood that the feeling inside Sky Sports is that Henry is ‘massive over-remunerated’ as their highest paid pundit. Basically, they don’t feel he’s justifying his salary.
What Sky Sports are now planning for Henry
Subsequently, Sky Sports now intend to offer Henry less money for the final two years, according to insider sources.
This will come as hugely embarrassing news to Henry, who will need to take a pay-cut in order to continue providing analysis on Premier League matches for the TV channel over the coming seasons.
Perhaps he’ll see this as a sign that he should focus on coaching instead.
Henry, who will travel to the World Cup in Russia next month as Belgium’s assistant coach, is keen to move into management in the near future.
He was recently linked with the vacancy at Arsenal but the Gunners have overlooked the inexperienced 40-year-old in favour of Unai Emery.