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Thierry Henry will be a great manager – Kanu

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Nwankwo Kanu has backed his former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry to be a big success in football management

The two former strikers played alongside each other at Arsenal for five years and were a part of the famous “Invincibles” squad that went the entire 2003/04 Premier League season unbeaten.

In their years together at North London, Kanu saw first-hand how Henry went from a relatively unknown player into one of the world’s finest at the peak of his playing days.

Now the Arsenal and France all-time record goalscorer has stepped down from his punditry role in order to pursue his coaching ambitions.

However, Henry will have to deliver quickly when he lands a role in English football due to the unforgiving nature of clubs to their underachieving coaches.

But Kanu is certain that Henry will be up for the challenge.

“I don’t think any job is difficult for him,” said Kanu, according to Football365.

“What he needs is the space and an opportunity to prove himself, so if they can give him that, why not? He can do it. It doesn’t matter. He’s Thierry Henry. He’s been talking on the TV; it’s time for him, when you talk the talk, you walk the walk. He needs an opportunity to showcase what he’s got.

“When he was new (at Arsenal, in 1999) he was not really the character of a manager, but as the years kept going by you could see ‘yeah, he’s got it, he can do that’. He’s been there, the World Cup (with Belgium) tells you all about him, and he can progress from there.”

A lack of experience will likely hinder Henry’s prospects.

Although his former France team-mate Zinedine Zidane proved that it is not impossible for a newbie to win big after leading Real Madrid to three successive Champions League titles in his first managerial role at senior level.

“He’s been there, done that. The players respect him, and he has a good record,” added Kanu.

“He’s not somebody you can ask ‘what has he done?’. He could move to France, could coach people, bring the best from people. That’s what you need. An ex-international, in that role, counts for a lot.”