Thierry Henry is one step closer to becoming a top-level coach after successfully completing his UEFA A-Licence with the Football Association of Wales.
The Frenchman confirmed the achievement posting a picture with his certificate and FAW Technical Director Osian Roberts.
— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) March 10, 2016
Having already secured the UEFA B-Licence (a qualification earned in nine days) Henry still needs to take the mandatory UEFA Pro Licence before he’s allowed to manage in any of Europe’s top leagues. He does though qualify to manage in a lower division or at academy level.
It has taken Henry, 38, a year to earn the A-Licence, a course that, “aims to educate candidates in the technical, tactical, physical and mental requirements of modern football, so that they may devise, organise, conduct and evaluate coaching sessions in advanced skills, tactics, strategies and systems of play.”
Alongside eight two-day contact sessions in Wales, Henry has been gaining experience at Arsenal’s Hale End and London Colney training facilities, regularly appearing in the dugout at the Gunners’ UEFA Youth League fixtures.
To even take the Pro Licence, Henry needs to demonstrate that he’s had twelve months coaching experience as a UEFA ‘A’ Licence holder; experience he could continue to accumulate under the stewardship of Arsene Wenger and Andries Jonker.
Well done to Thierry, but there’s still a long way to go…something a lot of people seem to forget when they throw his name into the hat as a possible replacement for Arsene Wenger.