Wenger backs Henry to have a successful managerial career

Thierry Henry has the required “qualities” to become an outstanding manager, says his former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

The Arsenal and France legend’s spell in charge of boyhood club AS Monaco came to an early end in January after just three months in charge.

At the time of Henry’s appointment, Monaco were down in 18th-place in Ligue 1 with just one win in nine games and turned to their former player in a desperate bid to turn things around.

But Henry fared no better than his predecessor Leonardo Jardim with 11 defeats and five wins in his 20 games in charge of Les Monégasques before being fired in January. Monaco then controversially reappointed Jardim.

Meanwhile, Henry’s former team-mate Patrick Vieira has got off to a much smoother start in his managerial career with OGC Nice currently up in eighth-place in Ligue 1.

But Wenger is certain that Henry will be a success in football management just like Vieira is set to be.

“Both have the qualities to be outstanding managers,” said Wenger, according to Sky Sports.

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“If you arrive in October, and the team is in a very bad position, you have three months. Because in January everybody starts to become nervous that things could go very badly.

“You have less time when you arrive in the middle of the season. That is what happened to Thierry.

“How he bounces back will be very important. I think he has the quality and desire to make a career, and a career is judged on the longer period.”

“I started my job [with Nancy] at 33 years of age, I had very promising people around me, and many of them disappeared while some survived. Why? You need luck and to work hard.

“It’s always very difficult to predict a career of a manager. It depends on the quality of the players and the confidence we get. But both have the qualities and I wish they make it a great career.

“It’s very good for me to see that players I had continue to share our game with people and develop young players.”

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MONACO – NOVEMBER 06: Thierry Henry, Manager of Monaco applauds fans following his team’s defeat in the the Group A match of the UEFA Champions League between AS Monaco and Club Brugge at Stade Louis II on November 6, 2018 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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