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Ix Techau Evil Mastermind 14,276 pts

Thierry Henry as Arsenal manager - dream or nightmare?

Posted by Ix Techau over 5 years ago · 10 replies

Although the idea of seeing Henry walk out from the tunnel wearing that zip jacket and taking his place on the manager's seat, I can't help but wonder about this whole dream state and what impact it might have on the club. The problem is that we still don't know what this squad is truly capable of. I see three scenarios:

  1. Wenger is under-performing and the squad is better than what Wenger manages to get out of them. No problem there, as long as Thierry Henry is more suited for the modern game, he'll do fine.

  2. Wenger is performing to the quality of the squad. If this is the case, Henry now needs to match Wenger in skill and experience to keep Arsenal on course.

  3. Wenger is over-performing and the squad is actually much worse than we think. If this is the case, Henry has little chance to match Wenger's performance.

My worry is that only #1 will give Henry success. The other two scenarios will most likely result in Henry worsening Arsenal, at least in the short term. Besides, we know nothing of Henry's managerial skills, he hasn't exactly given any Gary Neville-level insight into tactical analysis as a pundit (yet?).

What do you guys think? Would Henry managing Arsenal be a dream or a potential nightmare? Little bit of both?

10 Comments

Praxeum Slappin Da Bass Monn 1,141 pts
Posted over 5 years ago by Praxeum

In my opinion, what Henry would lack in managerial experience he would make up for in a diverse career and experience as a player. He has won almost every trophy of importance, and he's worked in several different countries, and under several different managers, all with different football philosophies.

His time at Arsenal has taught him the value of creative freedom and team balance, his time in Italy taught him some tactical skills, and his time under Guardiola taught him some valuable insights into positioning and shape. He's been the star of the team, he's been the bench player. This is a set of skills and experiences Wenger will never have.

Besides, I'm fully convinced that option #1 is the correct one anyway.

Praxeum Slappin Da Bass Monn 1,141 pts
Posted over 5 years ago by Praxeum

In my opinion, what Henry would lack in managerial experience he would make up for in a diverse career and experience as a player. He has won almost every trophy of importance, and he's worked in several different countries, and under several different managers, all with different football philosophies.

His time at Arsenal has taught him the value of creative freedom and team balance, his time in Italy taught him some tactical skills, and his time under Guardiola taught him some valuable insights into positioning and shape. He's been the star of the team, he's been the bench player. This is a set of skills and experiences Wenger will never have.

Besides, I'm fully convinced that option #1 is the correct one anyway.

athlon 45 pts
Posted over 5 years ago by athlon

Henry will be an excellent choice for this task but the timing is equally crucial. He must take over the lead of a smaller team to gain experience in order to avoid the Seedorf/Inzaghi effect which is happening at Milan. Henry is an intelligent man and understands the modern football well, Guardiola and Wenger both had impact on him. In 2017 I'll be happy to see him taking over the lead from AW.

Ix Techau Evil Mastermind 14,276 pts
Posted over 5 years ago by Ix Techau

Henry will be an excellent choice for this task but the timing is equally crucial. He must take over the lead of a smaller team to gain experience in order to avoid the Seedorf/Inzaghi effect which is happening at Milan. Henry is an intelligent man and understands the modern football well, Guardiola and Wenger both had impact on him. In 2017 I'll be happy to see him taking over the lead from AW.

I'd like to see him go down the Gary Neville/Mourinho route: become assistant manager for a few years to learn from more experienced managers what it's like on a day-to-day basis from that perspective. Then build your managerial philosophy based on all you've learned.

Patron Experiences frequent chest pains from watching Arsenal 5 pts
Posted over 5 years ago by Patron

Don't want to see his reputation tainted like Kenny Dalglish. If he is to become manager, he must be ready. Which is why I agree with Ix on him becoming assistant manager for a few years first. For a decade even.

Morleys Mesut Özil > You and your mum, chief 4,431 pts
Posted over 5 years ago by Morleys

He shouldn't be anywhere near management of Arsenal Football Club until he has experience under his belt. Although there's nothing more I'd love than a successful TH14 & DB10 management combo with Paddy back at the club, we can't afford risks like this.

We're not good enough for a Pep like manoeuvre, and we're far too big for another Wenger type appointment.

Ix Techau Evil Mastermind 14,276 pts
Posted over 5 years ago by Ix Techau

We're not good enough for a Pep like manoeuvre, and we're far too big for another Wenger type appointment.

Not that I'd want Pep anywhere near this club, but I agree with the sentiment. Wenger was appointed in an era where you could risk experimentation. But with the money in football today, billionaire owners and the like, one mistake and we're screwed. See Moyes, etc.

The next manager needs to be a perfect fit from day one. Man Utd is a good model of what not to do. First they brought in 'the understudy', a manager that was supposed to just take over from where SAF left it. The ultimate 'yes man'. When that didn't work out, they went to the opposite end of the spectrum to find a manager that would transform the club from top to bottom.

We can't afford to have such a catastrophic brain melt from the board when Wenger is replaced. We need someone who's in the short term capable of respecting the foundations Wenger has put in place, but in the long term slowly shape the club to his own vision. The perfect 'maybe man'.

Thierry Henry might very well be that 'maybe man', but he needs to prove it first by a few years learning his trade.

Omglol 3,323 pts
Posted over 5 years ago by Omglol

I'd like to see him go down the Gary Neville/Mourinho route: become assistant manager for a few years to learn from more experienced managers what it's like on a day-to-day basis from that perspective. Then build your managerial philosophy based on all you've learned.

Henry has no right to get near the manager position at Arsenal right now. He is legend as player and nothing as manager. He need lot of years of experience like you said. We will do it from within, but i wish we bring and success with ex player. Familiar and person we love always help cheering and support for.

AWassist 1,486 pts
Posted over 5 years ago by AWassist

I want to see TH is assist AW or probably as SB help while getting his caching badges. I am sure that would help TH in is managerial carrier. As all of you said that he should get some experience else where before applying for top job at Arsenal i agree.

VA10 Football God 4,805 pts
Posted over 5 years ago by VA10

Not sure... I'd love the man on the sideline with his suit and everything but not sure about his ability as a manager. Especially if we're talking taking over after Wenger. I'd like someone who has already managed a big club and knows everything about it. Pep should be available and I think he's the perfect candidate.

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