Henry Far From Ready to be Arsenal Manager

Thierry Henry is an Arsenal legend, at one point he was arguably the best player in the world. However, with Arsene Wenger’s future in the balance and Henry’s name being mentioned as a potential replacement it is important that the Arsenal legend stays away from the job…… For now.

If the Frenchman wants to get into management, his first job should not be with Arsenal. He is gaining experience as an assistant to Roberto Martinez with the Belgium national side. Henry needs to build up his experience until he is ready for the Arsenal job. I would hate to see him take it in the next year or so, in doing so with little experience, he could risk his legendary status at the club. Henry’s achievements as a player were vast. He retired with medals from the World Cup, European Championship, Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup. But a great player does not equal a great manager – ask Diego Maradona, Sir Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore, Hristo Stoichkov, Lothar Matthaus or dozens of others.

With this week’s news that the club’s record goalscorer has been offered a coaching role with Arsenal U18s, Arsenal fans must stay patient if they are to see the Arsenal legend in the dugout. Henry should start at a club in the lower divisions and start building up his management experience, gradually he will get to grips with it. Henry is not shy of a challenge, with many doubting whether he has the right attitude to become a manager, Henry may just want to prove his doubters wrong. Patrick Vieira is building up his management experience in the MLS, Henry should use his former teammate as an example.

The man who replaces Wenger will have an extremely tough job on their hands, with a squad in need of an overhaul, the next manager needs to be an experienced one. Arsenal only need to look at what has happened to Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. That should be a warning to the London club that the manager immediately following Wenger, must be the right fit for the club. It is a daunting task to replace a manager who has done for the club. Though there is a lot of anger towards Wenger at the moment, as soon as his career ends at Arsenal the reaction will be a sad one.

If Wenger does make this season his last at the Emirates, I hope Henry thinks very carefully if considered for the job.