By Tony Attwood
As you may have read Thierry Henry has been working his way towards completing his Uefa A licence, and having that means he can manage professional clubs below the top league level, and can manage a top flight team at academy level. There is one more licence to be had before he can manage any club he wants to and who will have him.
But, of course, this is an ex-Arsenal man we are talking about, and where Arsenal is concerned there is always controversy. Not necessarily real controversy, it might be totally invented, but you can be sure the media will invent it if it isn’t actually there. Arsenal is always a story, and the muckier the better.
Here we have no exception. Questions are being asked about whether Thierry cheated or not.
To get one of these licences one must work with a recognised Football Association, and it doesn’t have to be the Association who you represented, or might have represented if you had been good enough. So if you had a mind to, and spoke the lingo, you could fly anywhere in the world and start working through your licences. Azerbaijan for example. Or Venezuela.
This is pretty much the way things are with playing for a country, as I touched on yesterday. Using all the various options you can by and large play for anyone if you are good enough.
Anyway, Thierry studied with the FA of Wales and now suddenly the media has picked up on this and suggested that somehow it is not a proper qualification because it comes from…. Wales.