Thierry Henry hints he will not become a manager when his playing career ends

The former Arsenal and Barcelona star confessed that he has had a change of heart about a coaching career after he retires as a player but is eager to remain involved in football
By Alex Labidou

Thierry Henry admitted that he might not go into football management once he hangs up his boots, despite previously expressing a desire to become a coach one day.

The New York Red Bulls star and Arsenal legend spoke with about his future during PUMA's evoSpeed boot launch event in New York on Sunday, and although he is eager to remain in football, he has ruled out the possibility of coaching a team at present.

"The more I think about it, it's pretty difficult," Henry explained to "You don't think about it but you need to be a teacher [as a coach/manager]. Teaching isn't easy. Sometimes you see things yourself but how do you pass it on?

"When you know something and you're talking to someone who just doesn't get it ... that must be hard."

Last year, Henry told reporters that his dream would be to take over Arsenal after current manager Arsene Wenger retires. While he declined to specifically pinpoint what changed his mind, he stated that the daily challenges that a manager faces would be too overwhelming for him.

"It's like if I only talk to you as a boss, it's [one thing]. But you have to teach 30 players. Going through all of their temper, their character and dealing with big players ... wow," he said.

The 34-year-old Henry maintained, however, that he will pursue opportunities within the sport after he ends his playing career, but he is currently undecided on what that will be.

"Don't get me wrong, I will eventually end up coming back to the game but I don't know how," he admitted.

Henry also touched on his former France team-mate Nicolas Anelka and his decision to head to China as opposed to MLS. While Didier Drogba appears to be following Anelka to Shanghai Shenhua, Henry doesn't believe that it was necessarily a rejection of football in the United States.

"You have to respect the decision of some of the guys," said Henry. "Some of the guys that you are talking about, they've been there and done that. I don't know if you can put it down to a 'no' to MLS, I think it was just more of a choice. Nicolas, I'm sure, felt like he was more into being in China."

Henry would not speculate on Drogba's future but he claims that there are still several top players who want to join the league. He also was adamant that if he was offered a deal similar to Anelka, he would still pick New York.

"Right from the start, since I was 16, I wanted to play in New York," Henry revealed. "I called in and offered myself."

"I wanted to come here and I know a lot of players who want to come here," he added.

The all-time leading scorer for the French national team also touched briefly on his time at Arsenal.

"The experience was kind of weird," he said. "When I went there, it was like I never left."

"When I was there I played six games off the bench. It wasn't like wow or anything," he continued. "I did what I had to do which was at the time was helping them. But it was a great experience."

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