Thierry Henry blows his chance to get on the managerial ladder

The Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has often been touted as a future manager at the Emirates, but his big problem is that he has never actually managed any club side and he desperately needs some experience and to prove to the world that he can improve any side he manages.

He was given the chance to do that at Bordeaux, but it looks like he has blown that chance by demanding wages in excess of what you would expect from a coach entering club management for the first time. This is what the Standard reported….

Henry, Roberto Martinez’s assistant with the Belgium national team, quit his role as a television pundit this summer to pursue a managerial career and had previously been linked with Aston Villa.

The 41-year-old had been in talks with Bordeaux to take over after Gus Poyet was suspended but those talks have broken down, with club president Stephane Martin confirming negotiations between the two parties had broken down.

It had been reported earlier this week that the French giants had pulled the plug on the move because Henry’s financial demands were far beyond those Bordeaux were willing to agree for a rookie head coach.

I am at a loss to see why Henry would not take whatever he is offered to get his foot in the door, or how else is he ever going to get experience? I know he refused to give up his Sky job to continue running the Arsenal youth team, was that also because of the money? If he carries on like this, who would even offer him a job in the future?



  1. Sue says:

    Totally OT…. the under 23’s take on the spuds on Friday…. live on… spot on! COYG FOYS

    1. kev says:

      Good to know some here follow the U23’s very well.This will enable you to know or see for yourself the qualities of some of the youngsters so that one day when people jump on the bandwagon of a manager destroying a youngster you’d really know whether it’s true or not.How some youngsters were touted with world class potential is beyond me.

  2. Sue says:

    He’ll have plenty of car adverts to keep him in the money. Va va voom!!!

  3. kev says:

    OT…..Happy birthday to Ainsley Maitland Niles.May he come back stronger and better from his setback.

    1. Sue says:

      ? nice one Kev

  4. Chiza says:

    I heard Emery went to buy a cake for Maitland Niles……if that’s true then this coach really has great plans for Maitland Niles..he loves Maitland Niles so much!!

  5. Joe Kupoluyi says:

    Please Henry take any Clue offers right now you need it to begin your coaching Career. Because we believe you will end up at Emirates Stadium one day.joe

    1. mobella says:

      Who are the we? Kupoluyi..

  6. Midkemma says:

    When TH14 refused to give up SS while being our coach, it was then that I knew he would not make it, he was putting greed ahead of desire and that has hurt him ever since with trying to get into managerial work.

    Oooh look, TH14 got greedy again and got dumped.

    Epic footballer in his day but too greedy now.

    Shame, greed is hurting his legendary image.

    1. Ks-gunner says:

      Calm down

      1. mobella says:

        He is stating the obvious if you ask me. Henry is a rookie as a coach and if he doesn’t want to start low and take rookie salaries he won’t make it. He should take a cue from Lampard and Gerard.

  7. Declan says:

    I think you will find that his financial demands were regarding transfer funds and not his salary. ??

    1. Leon Kingsford says:

      He still made a terrible mistake then.
      A manager would be more highly sought after if he developed young players who then went on to become top quality players.
      Not spending huge sums in the hope you can buy a team that works together.
      This would have been excellent experience.
      Really messed up there….

  8. Leon says:

    Henry was a fantastic player for Arsenal but why is he being touted as a potential future Arsenal manager?
    Arsenal need a manager with a proven track record of delivering success despite a money grabbing, narrow minded and lets be honest very very old board of directors.
    Emery is struggling with this despite all of his experience.
    Henry would not last five minutes.
    He should have taken that job – its not as if he is struggling to make ends meet…
    And would have been great experience…

    1. ozziegunner says:

      ?Leon you are right.

  9. Chabaloah says:

    OK this article clearly doesn’t mention where else it was reported and mentioned on Skysports that he turned down the offer because the club is in the transition of owners and the last managers unhappiness about the selling of Malcom without his knowledge and no clarity on whether they will invest in the club in the future.

    Sounds like he did the right thing and dodged a bullet. A club where they sell players and the previous manager was unhappy with how they have handled things is at least a little evidence that the club didn’t show the manager any respect. So what makes him think they won’t do the same to him?

    I think the author needs to do some basic investigations before posting a topic with only one quoted source of information…

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  11. John Rambo says:

    Thierry is more of a man-manager than a tactical one. He can make defenders defend better and attackers improve their movement and finishing. With time he could learn tactics. At the very least he can do like Zizou and manage the academy then make the step up. He definitely has the required intelligence to succeed though.

  12. Twig says:

    Who cares?

    Is he an Arsenal player?


    1. frankn says:

      You took the words right out of my mouth.

  13. Ks-gunner says:

    Lots of assumation no real information. A non story to be honest.

  14. Lenohappy says:

    @Twig,he’s an arsenal legend and we honour and respect our legends

    1. mobella says:

      cough! cough!! Wenger?

    2. stubill says:

      I respect our legends for what they’ve achieved, not what they think they might achieve.

  15. Wakanda Republic says:

    With all due respect, i find that Thierry was very talented as a player but unfortunately falls short in his technical abilities to make him a good coach. if your lsiten to his football analysis, he at times sounds too basic for the big stage. i will be pleasantly surprised if he makes it big on the big stage.

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