Is Thierry Henry not showing ‘ambition’ to succeed in the coaching role? Recently we heard that former Gunners legend Theirry Henry has left the role of assistant manager for Arsenal U18 team. It came out as a consequence of choosing between coaching and punditry roles as his former manager Arsene Wenger wanted him to leave Sky Sports as a pundit and fully concentrate upon coaching the Arsenal U18s to gain valuable experience.
Initially, the rumours suggested that Henry left because of a possible rift with Wenger. However, Henry came out later and declared on Twitter that he is “all good” with his former manager and also stated that he is honoured to be offered the coaching role.
“I would like to thank Andries Jonker for offering me the chance to coach the U18’s Arsenal, which I was honoured to accept. However I respect Arsène Wenger’s decision and I want to wish their manager Kwame Ampadu, the boys and everyone at the club all the best for the forthcoming season.”
Even after leaving, he went further to suggest that he still wishes to become Arsenal’s manager in future. Upon asked whether what he thinks about his future, he stated:
“I would be lying if I said it wasn’t a wish that I have because I love Arsenal. The game is my passion and always will be.”
“I would like to manage but I am far from it. Although I am able to manage any team now I would still like to pass my Pro License that I’m working on to give me a better all-around knowledge. I am in the process of doing that.”“Before you can think of becoming a first-team coach you need to have experience. That is what I’m trying to get and to complete the necessary coaching hours that are needed.”“There is a massive difference between a wish and doing it. I felt I could add something to the kids and I could also gain valuable experience myself.
“If it’s not to be there, then so be it. I have to respect the situation and that is the way it is. I will continue to support the team and wish them all the best for this season.”
Thierry Henry not showing ‘ambition’ to succeed as a coach
Every Arsenal fan would fully respect Henry’s decision. After all, an individual of his stature knows about himself better than anyone else. But somewhere concerns might arise whether Henry is showing enough ambition to become not only a professional manager but a manager of the club like Arsenal, who is yet to win Premier League title since 2003-04 and not to forget a European trophy. These situations will only add to the burden of expectations over Henry’s shoulders.
However, for even fulfilling such expectations, one must show full dedication and hard work from the beginning. Even other Arsenal legends like Tony Adams, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp quickly decided to start their coaching practices and are still fully focused with their respective clubs. Even Mikel Arteta who recently retired at Arsenal in May, wasted no time to join Manchester City’s coaching staff under Pep Guardiola when he found out that there isn’t any vacant spot under Wenger’s management.
Comparing these situations to Henry’s, anyone might wonder at a particular stage whether Henry is really serious enough to become a good manager, let alone being an Arsenal manager. For now, Thierry Henry not showing ‘ambition’ in the ‘coach’ role and is more interested in his ‘pundit’ job.