According to Goal.com, Arsenal legend and former French international Thierry Henry has been appointed the clubs U-18 assistant coach.
Henry recently bagged his UEFA A coaching license in March under the Welsh FA guidance while he was working with the Arsenal youth team. The license allows Henry to coach in any club outside the top flight of English football. His license is said to be controversial because according to former Swansea City player Will Foley said, ” There was no way humanly possible Thierry had even completed his UEFA B license and could have finished all his assessments and tasks on the A license when everyone else participating on the course have not even had the chance. “
“The big names get an easy ride while the others have to do it the hard way”, he concluded. In essence Foley was reffering to the short period it took Henry to complete the course and implying the Welsh FA might have fast-tracked Henry’s studies given his high profile.
Henry will assist U-18 Ghanian coach Kwame Ampadu and will combine it with his punditry role with Sky Sports. From all indication, Arsenal is grooming Henry to take over as Arsenal manager from Arsene Wenger when he retires.
And if this assumption is true, it means the rumour started by Piers Morgan that Arsenal are already discussing with Wenger on a new three years contract is true as it will then mean Wenger will be given four years to learn the ropes and finally take over when Arsene Wenger retires.