Thierry Henry to leave Arsenal after Arsene Wenger rejects his offer to work for free


12 Jul 2016

Thierry Henry to leave Arsenal after Arsene Wenger rejects his offer to work for free

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– Arsene Wenger has rejected Thierry Henry’s offer to coach at Arsenal for free 

– Henry completed his A licence coaching qualification working with Arsenal’s under-18’s

– Arsenal’s Under-18s by head of the academy Andries Jonker offered Henry a job 

– Wenger however personally refused to approve Henry’s appointment at the club

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Thierry henry will leave Arsenal as a coach after Arsene Wenger personally rejected the Gunner’s legend Thierry Henry offer to work for the club for free.

Henry joins a long line of former Arsenal players to start thier coaching career elsewhere.

According to the Telegraph, Henry was offered a job coaching Arsenal’s Under-18s by head of the academy Andries Jonker, only to be personally overruled by Wenger.

Thierry Henry working with Arsenal as a coach
Thierry Henry working with Arsenal as a coach

The likes of Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars and, most recently, Mikel Arteta have left the club to work in other environments.

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Having completed his A licence coaching qualification while working with Arsenal’s kids, Henry must now coach a team to get his Uefa pro licence and had hoped to do so with the Gunners’ Under-18s.

A report by the Telegraph reads: “Wenger, though, informed Henry that a position with the Under-18s must be a full-time role and cannot be combined with his work for Sky television.

“Henry responded by offering to work with Under-18s coach Kwame Ampadu without collecting a wage, while still fulfilling his Sky obligations, but Wenger turned him down.

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“An offer to coach the club’s strikers was also rejected by the 66-year-old. While senior figures inside the Emirates were happy for Henry to stay and continue his education at Arsenal, a final decision was left down to Wenger.

“Sources around Arsenal believe Wenger does not want anybody at the club’s London Colney training ground who may be prepared to challenge him or be seen as a possible threat to his position in the future.”

It is also believed that Wenger was unhappy with comments Henry made on Sky last season where he was one of the most persistent critics of the manager and claiming he had never seen the Arsenal fans so unhappy.

Henry had been a popular figure among the Arsenal players with Theo Walcott saying that he had benefitted from his presence at the training ground.

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The reason given to Henry that he cannot combine coaching the Under-18s with his Sky work does not entirely stack up, given Vieira was not allowed a senior role at Arsenal under Wenger even though he did not have any other commitments.

Vieira accepted a youth development role at Manchester City in 2011 and worked his way up the ranks before being put in charge of New York City, who are owned by City, in November last year.

Recall that Arteta accepted a position in Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff despite offers from the Gunners.

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The 34-year-old had been groomed for a coaching position at Arsenal, but Wenger stalled over how he could fit Arteta into his staff, allowing Guardiola to make him a first-team coach.

Also Dennis Bergkamp rejected an offer to scout for Arsenal and Wenger after retiring from playing, and instead returned to Ajax to start a coaching career that saw him promoted to assistant manager under Frank de Boer.

Also Marc Overmars also went back to Holland and is director of football at Ajax, having started work as a youth coach in 2011.

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News Source: NAIJ, 9jaTales

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