Thierry Henry accused of being fast-tracked to coaching qualifications

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There seems to be an incredible amount of former Arsenal players attempting to gain coaching qualifications at the moment.

Tony Adams, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira - to name just a few - have all turned their hand at coaching or management since hanging up their boots.

But, how long does it take for a former professional to complete all of their coaching qualifications?


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Well, not long enough according to Scottish coach Will Foley.

Foley played for Swansea, Cardiff and Newport and is asking UEFA to investigate how Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has received his A licence so quickly.

Henry only retired from football in December 2014 but earlier this month was awarded with his A licence from the Welsh FA.

The licence usually takes a year to complete and it means that Henry, who has been working with Arsenal’s youth players as part of the course, can now manage professionally at any level other than the Premier League.

But Foley was furious with the Frenchman earning this coaching qualification so quickly, believing that Henry had been fast-tracked due to his reputation.

Foley's letter

"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,” Foley wrote in his email to the Welsh FA, per the Daily Mail.

"Where does it end with the Welsh FA? Are they not worried that someone somewhere will start asking to see proof that all these top names are completing what is required by UEFA to fully pass the courses."

Foley added: "They are quite openly putting certain chosen names through the courses without completing the so-called allotted number of hours which all the candidates have to be seen to be doing. The big names get an easy ride while the others have to do it the hard way.

"In my humble opinion the A licence course has become so dependent on making sure big names get “fast-tracked” through that some of the other candidates are feeling isolated and unfairly treated," he concluded.

Still work to do for Henry

But there is still work to do for Henry if he wants to emulate his compatriot and former manager Arsene Wenger.

Henry’s next step is to complete the UEFA Pro Licence as he seeks to start his managerial career.

Some other members of Arsenal’s ‘invincible’ squad have already started life in coaching.

Vieira worked with Manchester City and became football development executive before becoming reserve and Elite Development squad manager.

In November, he was appointed as head coach of New York City in the MLS where he has just started started his debut campaign as a boss.

Meanwhile, Bergkamp has been Frank de Boer’s assistant manager at Ajax since August 2011 as he continues to learn before ultimately becoming a number one.

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