I must admit that I would be surprised to see the Arsenal board appoint our former striker Thierry Henry as the new manager before he cut his teeth anywhere else, but stranger things have happened. And the flying Frenchman took one step closer to replacing his former mentor Arsene Wenger this week as he completed the next stage of his UEFA coaching courses.
As reported by The Mirror, Henry has just added the UEFA A licence to the B licence he completed last year and all that is left to complete the package and allow him to take charge of clubs in the Premier League and around Europe is the Pro Licence.
It certainly looks like our all time top goalscorer has no intention of resting on his laurels and spending the next 20 years in a TV studio commenting on what other managers are doing right or wrong. Just last week a well respected French journalist declared that he was aware that Henry was being lined up as Wenger’s replacement although if that was to be the case then Arsenal fans would have to wait until at least next year for Henry to get all his badges.
The 38-year old has already been doing some hands on work behind the scenes with Wenger at Arsenal and his recent comments about the angry atmosphere at the Emirates that riled the prof, along with other things he has said since becoming a pundit, proves that he is no yes man and is not afraid to speak his mind ruffle some feathers.
But can he become anything like as a good at managing as he was at playing the game? We certainly hope so.