Wenger says Henry needs ‘psychological and mental transformation’ to succeed in management


Thierry Henry has been warned he will have to undergo a “psychological and mental transformation” if he wishes to succeed as a manager.

The retired forward is presently working with Arsenal’s under-18 team while undertaking his coaching badges.

Henry became the club’s record goalscorer after Arsene Wenger signed him from Juventus in 1999, and the manager has told him how different coaching a team is in comparison to being a footballer.

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“[Henry] 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,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official club website.

“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.”

Henry retired from playing after the 2014 season with Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls. In 376 career appearances with Arsenal, Henry scored 228 goals, including five straight seasons of at least 30 goals from 2001-02 to 2005-06.


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