Arsenal legend Theirry Henry has stated that it would be his dream to manage the Gunners one day, but feels he needs to prove himself first.
The French striker, who announced his retirement yesterday, netted a record 175 Premier League goals for the Gunners during an excellent spell with the North London club and is still the club’s highest goalscorer.
The World cup winner has revealed that he is keen on coaching with the job at the Emirates being his ultimate goal, but suggested that he has to learn before even considering a return.
According to the Telegraph, he said:
Managing Arsenal would be a dream come true, but that’s not how it works.
You have to prove yourself first, you have to learn first. You need to be able to understand what it is to be a manager.
Can you teach, can you be patient? All these problems. People think they are all managers in their own way, but it’s not that easy.
The plan is to start my badges and I guess Arsenal will help me. To pass your badges, you have to work closely with a club and I would like to think it is going to be Arsenal. You know I’m in London when you see me at Arsenal.
First and foremost I don’t know how or when, but everybody knows I would love to go back to Arsenal in some capacity. But I need to be equipped to go back. I want to learn the process, so I have to get my badges and what not. We will see what is going to happen.
It’s not a secret, everybody talks about me going back to Arsenal and me the same thing, but it doesn’t always work like that. I have to make sure that I have everything on board to be able to go back.
Henry for now will join the Sky Sports team of pundits in a deal which is reportedly worth around a humongous £25 million. He has been a cool and composed personality during his playing days and will likely carry the same in this new role.
However the job does bring it’s challenges as you cannot favour a team and will have to criticise when the situation arrives, so it will be interesting to see how he will cope up with this. The job does have it’s own advantages as it will help you in understanding the game a lot better.
The comments suggest that Henry is definitely interested in taking up coaching but it’s not just at this point of time. The decision seems a correct one to me as it would have been difficult for him to immediately take up coaching.
Whenever he eventually takes up coaching there’s no doubt where he prefers to go. He has an unbelievable following among the Gunners fans and it seems there is one more fairy tale return still waiting to happen, we just have to wait for some more time.
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