“What do you call this? It hasn’t even got a zip!”
Arsene Wenger has told his protégé Thierry Henry that he will need to undergo a “psychological and mental transformation” if he wishes to make it in the cut-throat world of the football manager.
Having retired in December of last year, Henry is currently working with the Arsenal U18 set-up as he plugs away at his coaching badges.
However, while impressed with his former signing’s attitude and application, Wenger reckons Henry will have to toughen up if he wishes to make a successful transition into full-blown management.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Wenger said:
Thierry will discover what the job is about and you have to go through that process if you want to one day manage a football team.
The job of a player is centred on you and the job of a coach is centred on others. You find you just focus on others and how you can help them.
It demands a psychological and mental transformation that is not always easy.
It also demands how to get what you know is available in other people in the most simplistic way.
To which Henry merely replied…