Should Thierry Henry manage Arsenal after Wenger retires?

The Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has finally been given a job by the Gunners as a youth team coach just a few months after retiring from football with MLS side New York Red Bulls, and he has been welcomed by all Arsenal fans from Arsene Wenger downwards.

Although he is only just beginning to take all the neccesary coaching badges to qualify to be a Premier League manager, Henry has made it clear in the past that his ultimate aim is to take over as Arsenal manager after Arsene Wenger retires. Henry was quoted in HITC as saying: “The thing is I have so much respect for Arsene, and if it does happen eventually, one day, it is going to have to be after him.

“I don’t actually want to talk about it right now because he is doing such a great job, but hopefully after him, yes.”

It will be a very brave man that takes up the reins at the Emirates when Wenger finally retires as he will be (like Sir Alex at Man United) a very tough act to follow. Le Prof still has two more seasons left on his current contract and very few Gooners would be surprised if he remained at the club much longer than that, even though some would prefer him to leave as soon as possible…
There have been many ex-Arsenal legends that are candidates to become Arsenal’s next boss, with Tony Adams, Steve Bould, Dennis Bergkamp and others already much further advanced in their management training, but even those big names hardly know the club better than Henry. Would Thierry get your vote to be next manager when the time comes for Wenger to step down?

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  1. Mesut O-healed says:

    Hell yeah!

    1. optimisticgooner says:

      Hell NO!!!
      So many reasons for him not to become arsenal manager so soon!!
      1) he simply does not hav his coaching badges !
      2) his great playing career does not guarantee a great coaching career too! Learning to play is one thing, teaching how to play another!
      3)even if he proves hmself as a worthy manager in future I m sure dere wud b many Oder managers better den him!
      4) that man has a statue of himself outside d emirates, y do u intend to take d risk of removing it !!

  2. Invincibles49 says:

    Well i am not sure yet! Love the King to Death. But being one of the greatest footballers does not equate to being on of the greatest coaches. By the time Wenger leaves i believe we would have become a club consistently capable of challenging for Europe and PL. So Henry taking over directly from youth at that time might backfire. Would like to see him prove his managerial prowess. After the Arsenal youth reserves he should may be manage a championship side and then join Arsenal 1st team for at least a season with 2nd in command alongside a top proven world class coach. We should exercise caution and stay clear of mixing emotions with the professionalism.

  3. cheeterspotter says:


  4. Dee@ease says:

    History has shown that great players don’t make great managers so it’s a NO from me

    1. Wazzzimbo says:

      Guardiola, Dalglish, Cruyff, Michels, Guillit… don’t be daft.

      1. YingYang69 says:

        And De Boer, Mancini, Klinsmaan, Simone, Conte.

  5. muda says:

    You can’t stop the KING entering his palace from which ever door he chooses.

  6. davidnz says:

    Does he have the intense desire
    to manage and to succeed ?
    One man playing is vastly different
    from managing many players from the sideline.
    However Henry was obviously a fine player is intelligent+ ambitious.
    He has played in France Italy Spain in England the USA and all over with France.
    Henry should go coach in the Championship for 3 years
    then at a mid table premier League club for 3 years.
    6 years then he will be 43 the same age as Wenger was when he took over Arsenal.
    By then someone else will be managing Arsenal but if he really wants the job he will wait.

    1. arsenalkid1970 says:

      Kind of put the same post. He needs to start from the bottom. Working at Sky he has access to all the Technology. Wish him well I do but the game has change so much even over the last 2 years. If this was to happen AW would still pull the strings

  7. kenya is Arsenal says:

    wenger himself confessed the king has enough knowledge on how to communicate to players.which for me is one of greatest skill to be a manager. But football is football a little blip and evry one is waiting to bring you down. He needs to be slowly introduced to the system of coaching before we think of giving him the highest job (which I believe Arsenal are realy doing) I bet him to be assistant when/If Wenger retires. Then after two to three years if he does well then it will be all his to take. For me its a yes but after stleast five years

  8. GunnerMann says:

    let him assist Wenger until he retires and then we can decide if he should take over or not. In other words my heart says “YES!!!! YES!!!!! YES!!!!! O PLEASE!!!!” but my mind says “meh… not until he gets some experience”

  9. YingYang69 says:

    Heart says yes head says no, too early to know.

  10. fred cowardly says:

    He has very good football knowledge
    He is a student of the game
    Played at Barcelona as well
    Knows what it takes to win trophies
    Very good analysis as commentator
    He would buy big players (he said earlier that we needed to strengthen our defense, get a DM and striker)

    I would be fine with him as manager

  11. Pythagoras( but you can call me pi) says:

    Ozil for me 🙁 Ozil is the nxt king and should be made captain now 🙁
    Ozil > rvp+cesc 🙁 🙁 🙁

  12. arsenalkid1970 says:

    His love for arsenal won’t make him a great manager. He stands to lose his Legacy if it goes wrong. I think he should spend 10 years starting from Portuguese leage moving up start from the bottom

  13. Tmanbaba says:

    My question is, hw many coching experience does gadiola has wen he satrted his couching carrear? Pls let the king reign men.. The throne is yours.. King Henry.

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