The Gunners’ all-time leading goalscorer has returned to the club. The man who was their leading scorer for seven consecutive seasons, from the 1999-2000 season until the 2005-2006 season is finally back in red and white.
Sources are indicating that he will officially be named the assistant manager for the club’s U-18s before next season and will work as Kwame Ampadu’s right hand man.
However, like everything in the footballing world, this move is not without controversy.
Henry completed the required coaching classes under the guidance of the Welsh FA and many are questioning how Henry was able to do it in such a short amount of time.
He received his UEFA “A” license in a suspiciously short amount of time leading to allegations and speculation that Henry has been awarded preferential treatment and allowed to skirt the rules.
I’m in no position to call out Henry, but former Swansea City man turned coach Will Foley is:
“THERE WAS NO WAY HUMANLY POSSIBLY 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 HAS NOT EVEN HAD THE CHANCE.”
I don’t think Foley’s off the mark here. I’m sure that Thierry Henry collected some friends in high places during his tenure at Arsenal and has called in a few favors to expedite the usually grueling process of getting his coaching licenses.
In Henry’s defense, he isn’t exactly a regular coaching candidate. Watch this skills compilation. He makes these defenders look like fools. Frankly, I don’t know how much you can teach this man about soccer.
Any youngster would be lucky to have a man like Henry as a coach or mentor. Henry’s had success at the highest level and knows the game inside out. I’m all for fair and equal, but maybe that doesn’t apply here.
What do you think?