Arsenal legend Thierry Henry looks set for a career in management once he’s finished with punditry, but Arsene Wenger insists his former student isn’t ready yet, and is going to have to change if he wants to succeed as a manager, as reported by the Daily Star.
As the report suggests, some have even touted Henry as a potential suitor for the management role at Arsenal once Wenger moves on. The ageing Frenchman believes Henry has a lot to learn about coaching before he takes a step like that however, and believes the ex-Barcelona star must evolve psychologically and mentally before he’s ready.
“[Henry] will discover what the job is about and you have to go through that process if you want to one day manage a football team.
“The job of a player is centred on you and the job of a coach is centred on others. You find you just focus on others and how you can help them.
“It demands a psychological and mental transformation that is not always easy.
“It also demands how to get what you know is available in other people in the most simplistic way.”
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There are a number of pitfalls when a club legend takes over, and there is obviously a risk of Henry tarnishing his Kingly status at Arsenal.
It would be hugely disappointing to see him fail as a manager, but conversely, it would be that much sweeter were he to succeed.
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Hopefully the 38-year-old can undergo the mental transformation Wenger has spoken of, and proves himself capable of managing Arsenal in the future.