A stunned silence has fallen over the Football Transfer Tavern today, only broken by the sobs of a few Arsenal fans sat in a booth by the window. Some truly shocking news has reached us this afternoon from the Gunners’ London Colney training ground.
Reports in the Daily Telegraph today are claiming that Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger has rejected an offer from eternal club legend, Thierry Henry, to work – free of charge – as a coach for Arsenal U18s.
The club’s record goalscorer had work with youngsters at Arsenal in order to complete his A Licence coaching qualification, however in order to take a step up the coaching ladder and earn a UEFA Pro Licence, the Frenchman needs to coach a team.
The chance to do this was offered to him by the head of Arsenal’s academy, Andries Jonker, who wanted the former Barcelona striker to work alongside U18s coach Kwame Ampadu, a role the Frenchman offered to take up without taking a wage.
However, this seemingly perfect move was personally blocked by Wenger who has told his former star that he cannot coach at his club whilst still working in his role with Sky Sports.
It has also been muted that Le Prof’s reasoning is more to do with having former players around who could challenge his voice, or even his position as manager, within the club.
Henry is not the first former player who has had to move to pastures new in order to further their coaching career, with Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars and Mikel Arteta all moving away from North London post-retirement.
Gunners fans, we want to hear from you! Do you stand by the decision of your manger in keeping his authority? Or should Wenger welcome such offers from former players? Let us know below…
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