There aren’t too many footballers in the history of the sport with a more decorated career than Thierry Henry.
A World Cup and European Championship winner with France, the former striker won elite prizes at club level too, lifting domestic titles in England and Spain, the Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup.
But for all of his success as a player, Henry’s move into coaching has been far from an easy transition.
Thierry Henry emerged as the front-runner for the Bournemouth job but eventually missed out
Henry is currently in charge of MLS side Montreal, having joined the club in November 2019
HENRY’S NEXT CLUB
Bournemouth – 1/2
Monaco – 7/2
Arsenal – 9/2
Barcelona – 6/1
New York Red Bulls – 9/1
Fulham – 16/1
Tottenham – 50/1
*Odds courtesy of Betfair
Despite a mixed time in the dugout so far, Henry emerged as Bournemouth’s No 1 choice to replace Jason Tindall as manager last week.
Sportsmail understands that Henry was interested in speaking to the Cherries about the opportunity, and that the club approached MLS side Montreal, where the 43-year-old is currently in charge, for permission to speak to him.
However, after making no progress, the Championship side opted to appoint caretaker manager Jonathan Woodgate on a deal until the end of the season.
Whether Bournemouth make another attempt to give Henry his first job in England this summer remains to be seen, with the club’s hierarchy keen on the lure his name could prove when it comes to recruitment and sponsorship.
But while he is rightly regarded as one of the world’s best players of the last 25 years, Henry is still relatively new to the managerial game.
In February 2015, Henry returned to Arsenal to begin coaching their youth teams. Just 13 months later he completed his UEFA A License under the Football Association of Wales.
Henry began his coaching career at his former club Arsenal and helped their academy stars
Andries Jonker (centre) wanted Henry to be Arsenal’s Under 18 coach but he was overruled
Then Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (right) wanted someone who could be fully committed
However, he was reportedly shown the door by Arsenal after being offered their Under-18 coaching job by then head of academy Andries Jonker, only to be personally overruled by Arsene Wenger.
Having completed his A licence, Henry had to coach a team to get his UEFA Pro Licence – something he had hoped to achieve at Arsenal.
In the end though, Wenger scuppered that opportunity because he wanted someone in the position on a full-time basis, something Henry couldn’t commit to due to his work as a TV pundit for Sky Sports.
Despite the setback, it didn’t take Henry too long to land on his feet as he was appointed as an assistant manager to Roberto Martinez in the Belgium set-up.
Speaking about his hiring, Martinez said of Henry in August 2016: ‘Thierry brings something completely different. He’s someone who has been in the situation of having to…