Arsene Wenger tells Thierry Henry he must “transform” if he wants to be a top manager

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 fromJuventus in 1999, and the manager has told him how different coaching a team is in comparison to being a footballer.

Arsenal's Thierry Henry looks on beside manager Arsene Wenger (L) as he is about to be brought on as a substitute during their FA Cup soccer match against Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium in London, January 9, 2012.
Arsenal’s Thierry Henry looks on beside manager Arsene Wenger (L) as he is about to be brought on as a substitute during their FA Cup soccer match against Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium in London, January 9, 2012. – Reuters

“[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.”