Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he would welcome Thierry Henry back with the Gunners as a coach – if the club legend is serious about forging a career on the training pitch.
The 37-year-old, who is the Emirates Stadium outfit’s (and some time ago, Highbury) all-time leading goalscorer with 228 goals in all competitions, is still playing in the American Major League Soccer with New York Red Bulls.
While the former France FIFA World Cup winner is expected to leave the club at the end of his contract later this year, the striker has not yet made a decision on retirement from playing.
Asked if he would welcome Henry back as part of his coaching staff, Wenger did not rule out the prospect.
“It’s not impossible – I welcome people who have played for us to come back, but they need to do something,” the French boss said.
“It has to be a job available and one that you get up in the morning and you have to do something – not an honorary job.”
“He has to learn his job first. I have seen so many people who have the qualities to be a manager but not survive their first job because they are not ready. When you are a football player, you think it’s so simple to be a manager. When you are a manager, you think it’s so complicated suddenly and, if you’re not prepared for that, you cannot survive.”
“You learn to handle a dressing room and people. This job is about ideas and putting them into practice. You can only do that if you have the responsibility of the team.”