by Ray Hobbs
Thierry Henry has become a step closer to becoming a football manager after revealing that he has completed his Uefa A Coaching badges. The Gunners legend is now as a result able to take on a managerial role in any league below the Premier Division, or at any youth team in Europe.
The Frenchman, who has been heavily linked with replacing his former boss in Arsene Wenger, when he decides to retire from the club where he has spent the last twenty years, will now look to complete his pro license to enable him to manage teams involved in European competitions.
Henry who has recently clashed with his countryman over comments made surrounding supporters apparent hostility towards Wenger following a recent home defeat to Swansea, is currently juggling media work as well as on occasion helping out Arsenal with their youth set up.
Henry adds to a long line of former Arsenal players starting out their careers in management. Dennis Bergkamp is currently on the coaching staff of Ajax, while Remi Garde and Patrick Vieira have recently found themselves top jobs at Aston Villa and New York City FC respectively. Wenger’s wisdom has clearly rubbed off on certain individuals over the years, as they now look to forge careers off the field.
Arsenal themselves will be looking to get their title challenge back on track after damaging recent results have left them eight points behind leaders Leicester, and next up face a difficult trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton.
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Still at just the age of 38, and only a few years since retiring as a professional footballer, Henry certainly has ample time to learn his trade in the management game.
With many top class footballers often failing to make the transition from player to coach, Henry will be hoping he can follow in the footsteps of the likes of Pep Guardiola and going back further in history, Carlo Ancelotti. However, given his standing with the Arsenal faithful, certainly do not rule out his involvement at The Emirates in the future.