Thierry Henry has left Arsenal’s coaching staff and is set to be replaced by another club legend Tony Adams. The move comes after manager Arsene Wenger offered Henry a job as Under 18s assistant manager but with the caveat that he steps down from his role as a pundit with Sky television.
Henry is believed to earn in the region of £4million-a-year at Sky but Wenger was concerned at the obvious issues raised by the club’s all-time record goalscorer criticising Arsenal players in public only to then subsequently mix with them at their London Colney training base.
The 38-year-old rejected the proposal and although the split was amicable to the extent he is still welcome to attend future sessions as he continues to work on his Pro Licence coaching badge, it will no longer be on an official basis as part of the setup.
Kuame Ampadu will head the Under 18s setup next season and is now set to be supported by Adams, who will be given the role originally designated for Henry on a temporary basis.
Adams began working with the group approximately three weeks ago as he looks to step his return to the game following successful minor heart surgery last year. He has been employed as director of football at Gabala in Azerbaijan and earlier this year applied, unsuccessfully, to become manager of Brondby.
Adams has loose ends to tie up in Azerbaijan before taking up full-time employment with Arsenal and there is no permanent agreement in place as yet but he is likely to sign a contract in the coming weeks.