Thierry Henry says it would a ‘dream’ to manage Arsenal one day but says that now is not the time and that he’s got a lot to learn before he moves into that part of his career.
Following his retirement announcement yesterday, the Frenchman said he was planning on doing his coaching badges and that he hoped the club involved in that process would be the Gunners.
“The plan is to start my badges and I guess Arsenal will help me,” he said.
“To pass your badges, you have to work closely with a club and I would like to think it is going to be Arsenal. You know I’m in London when you see me at Arsenal.
“First and foremost I don’t know how or when, but everybody knows I would love to go back to Arsenal in some capacity. But I need to be equipped to go back. I want to learn the process, so I have to get my badges and what not. We will see what is going to happen.
“It’s not a secret, everybody talks about me going back to Arsenal and me the same thing, but it doesn’t always work like that.
“First and foremost, I have to make sure that I have everything on board to be able to go back.”
Can’t fault that attitude and given that we recently offered Gilberto the chance to return as part of the same process, it’s impossible to think the same chance wouldn’t be given to Thierry.
He also spoke about the possibility of being critical of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger for his new job at Sky, and said he wouldn’t shirk the negative side of things, but would do it with manners.
“I will be talking about the game good or bad,” he said.
“It isn’t personal. I knew when I was playing that when I didn’t play well I was going to get some and that’s the way it is.
“Now, sometimes, what’s not on is when the criticism becomes a personal thing – that’s when you have to talk about the game. You are talking about a situation, not judging a person.”
Something many could learn from, in fairness.