Arsenal: Thierry Henry Leaves Arsenal Coaching Role After Wenger Ultimatum Over Sky Sports Work

Alan Duffy

12th, July 2016

Thierry Henry has left his coaching role with Arsenal after Arsene Wenger out his foot down over his media work with Sky Sports.

Gunners’ legend Henry was working as a youth coach with the club as part of his UEFA A Licence course. However, his lucrative punditry work with Sky bothered Wenger who ultimately told his former star to choose one or the other.

On parting ways with Arsenal, the 38-year-old Henry said via his Twitter account:

Another Gunners’ legend, Tony Adams, is now expected to take on the vacant role of assisting under-18s coach Kwame Ampadu at the club.

Coming in the wake of Mikel Arteta’s decision to take up a coaching role with Manchester City, a club which also snapped up Patrick Vieira at the end of his playing career, Arsenal fans will no doubt be disappointed that another ex-player has left the club before developing his coaching skills.

Indeed, many will also point to Wenger’s own regular punditry gigs with French television. However, Wenger’s media jobs have only covered international games, while Henry’s Sky analysis last season of Arsenal (and Olivier Giroud in particular) was sometimes negative, which adds logic to Wenger’s decision to give his former star an ultimatum.

Henry will now look elsewhere to complete his coaching badges, alongside continuing his work with Sky.

 

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