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“Being The Manager Of Arsenal Would Be A Dream”
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has admitted it would be a dream for him to replace Arsene Wenger as manager one day.
Henry recently announced his retirement and has moved into a punditry role having signed a mega-money deal with Sky.
However, he’s also started doing his coaching badges and it seems he’s got his eye on a position at the Emirates Stadium one day.
The 37-year-old was interviewed by Jonathan Ross this week – which will be broadcast on Saturday night – and he admitted that it’s his dream to replace Wenger as Arsenal manager and he couldn’t say no if we came calling.
“I don’t know what Arsene wants to do and how long he wants to stay but I just want to be equipped…to be in the position, maybe one day to be a manager.”
“Being the manager of Arsenal FC would be a dream. I need to learn first. That is the most important thing.”
“I could not say ‘no’ to Arsenal. So I would say ‘yes’. It should be great.” source
Henry has already been working with the Arsenal youth teams when he has the time to aid his coaching development and it’s thought that in time he may progress to become a coach with the Under-21′s and even the first team.
Obviously he’s made it clear he wants to eventually become a manager and naturally he’s going to be heavily linked with the Arsenal job when Arsene does eventually leave.
Wenger’s current deal expires in 2017 and it’s widely expected that will be when he finally walks away. Is two years enough time for Henry to hone his coaching and managerial skills? I personally don’t think so and I’d hate for him to jump into the role too soon.
I’d rather see him cut his teeth in the lower leagues first, learn the job and come to Arsenal when he’s ready. Not be thrown in just because it happens to coincide with when Wenger leaves.