Thierry Henry tells us that there’s nothing he wouldn’t do to become the Arsenal manager yet twice now he’s opted for Sky Sports over Arsenal.
There were many legends missing from Arsene Wenger’s Emirates farewell on Sunday for a variety of reasons, but only one of them was working as a pundit on Sky Sports in Manchester.
When I mentioned this on Twitter on Sunday many people berated me for questioning the King. Didn’t I know he has a contract of employment and, as such, was obligated to be at Manchester City instead of at Arsenal saying thank you to the man who is responsible for his entire career?
I don’t know the ins and outs of Henry’s contract with Sky Sports, but I do know a few things about jobs despite working for myself for the past decade. Firstly, in all jobs, you get allocated holidays. They can be used to take days off when you would otherwise be working. It’s a crazy concept, I know.
Secondly, employers tend to allow employees to take days off outside their allocated holiday period when it’s something very important or an event that is unlikely to happen again. You know, like to attend a funeral or the Arsenal manager leaving after 22 years.
Henry can go on all he likes about loving Arsenal, which I don’t doubt, and wanting to be the Arsenal manager, but the fact is he has chosen Sky Sports twice over Arsenal now – first when he was asked to stop being a pundit in order to coach at the club and then on Sunday when he was talking about Pep Guardiola and Manchester City instead of Arsene Wenger and Arsenal.
Henry, whose only coaching experience is with the Belgian national team as number two, said in February that he hasn’t even completed his badges. But he’d still like to be Arsenal manager anyway. “Obviously I’m passing my badges and I’m nearly done,” Henry said. “Who wouldn’t like to be the Arsenal coach?
“I’m an Arsenal fan, but that doesn’t mean that’s what’s going to happen. I don’t know what’s happening behind closed doors, I have so much respect for Arsene and what he’s doing.
“I know now what it is to be “a coach” because I’m just starting, so it is not easy at all. I’m still with Belgium and we have a job to do, we are on a mission for this summer in the World Cup. But listen, who wouldn’t be interested in that job?
“But I can’t talk about that for the respect that I have for the man that’s in charge still and my job that I’m doing right now with Belgium and Sky.”
For a man who felt he couldn’t talk about the job out of respect to Arsene Wenger, he has certainly talked a lot about it since the Frenchman made his announcement just a couple of weeks ago.
But that’s all he’s really done – talk.
His action, have left a lot to be desired and his no-show on Sunday left a bad taste in the mouth.