Thierry Henry says that his ambition to manage Arsenal is unchanged, despite having left the club recently due to a conflict with his punditry work.
Arsene Wenger offered Henry a full-time coaching position with the U18s but his unwillingness to give up his work with Sky Sports meant that the club’s record scorer had to pass up on that opportunity.
He said he respected the decision of the manager in that regard, but still harbours ambitions over the top job at some point in the future.
“I would be lying if I said it wasn’t a wish that I have because I love Arsenal,” he told The ***.
“The game is my passion and always will be. I would like to manage but I am far from it. Although I am able to manage any team now I would still like to pass my Pro License that I’m working on to give me a better all-round knowledge.
“I am in the process of doing that.”
And he admits there’s a lot of work for him to do, even if it won’t be at Arsenal.
“There is a massive difference between a wish and doing it,” he said. “I felt I could add something to the kids and I could also gain valuable experience myself.
“If it’s not to be there, then so be it. I have to respect the situation and that is the way it is. I will continue to support the team and wish them all the best for this season.”
It’s a shame he didn’t see the job at Arsenal as the most important, but then it’s also unlikely to pay him £4m a year. Ultimately though, it won’t change his affection for the club or the manager, and the whole thing is something of a storm in a teacup.
Or a mild breeze in a thimble. Or something.