According to reports, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has turned down an offer from former France international forward and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry to work for the club for free with Henry set to become the latest in a long line of ex-players to start his coaching career elsewhere.
The Arsenal legend was offered a coaching job at Arsenal’s Under-18s by Andries Jonker, head of the academy, only to be personally overruled by the Arsenal boss.
Not minding the legend’s statue sitting outside the Emirates Stadium, the French man joins the likes of Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars and, most recently, Mikel Arteta in taking up a coaching role, away from manager Wenger and Arsenal.
The Ex-footballer turn pundit has completed his A licence coaching qualification while working with Arsenal’s kids, and must now coach a team to earn his Uefa pro licence and had hoped to do so with the Ersenal Under-18s.
The boss has reportedly told ‘Titi’ that a coaching position with the Arsenal Under-18s must be a full-time role and cannot be combined with his work as a pundit for Sky television.
Report has it that Henry responded by offering to work with Under-18s coach Kwame Ampadu for free, while still fulfilling his Sky obligations as a pundit, but Wenger turned him down.
It was also believed that Henry’s offer to coach the club’s strikers was also rejected by the 66-year-old gaffer.
According to reliable sources around Arsenal, it is believed that Wenger does not want anybody at the club’s training ground who may be set to challenge him or be seen as a possible threat to his position in the future.
This may not be unconnected with comments Henry made on Sky last season, claiming he had never seen the Arsenal fans so unhappy, even though Henry has always been supportive of his old manager.
Arsene Wenger’s snub has left the Arsenal legend having to look elsewhere to complete his pro licence and the Frenchman is thought to be considering a number of offers from the Premier League and abroad.