Thierry Henry can be top boss, says ex-Arsenal colleague Ray Parlour

Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry may be hanging up his boots, but Ray Parlour is tipping his former Arsenal teammate to become a top manager at some stage.

After 20 years at the top of his chosen profession, Thierry Henry has announced that he is hanging up his boots.

The former Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona and France forward will go down in history as one of the finest frontmen of his generation, having plundered over 400 goals for club and country.

Countless trophies were collected over the course of his glittering career, including Premier League and La Liga titles, Champions League crowns and World Cup and European Championship honours.

He is now looking to open a new chapter, with the transition being made from performer to pundit.

Football fields are unlikely to have seen the last of Henry, though, according to his former Gunners teammate Ray Parlour.

He sees the 37-year-old forging a successful career in management, with his profile and contacts making him an obvious candidate to step into the dugout at some stage.

Parlour told Sky Sports News: “One day I’m sure, if he really wants to, he could be a top-class manager because with his record and worldwide what people know about Thierry Henry, he will attract big, big players to the club, whatever club he went to.”

Having spent eight memorable years at Arsenal, before returning for an emotional loan spell in 2012, the opportunity to work at Emirates Stadium again would appeal to Henry.

Gunners supporters would love to see him back, with Parlour admitting that a north London legend is among the finest players he has had the pleasure of playing alongside.

He added: “He’s outstanding. He was a pleasure to play with, an absolute gentleman. When he first came into the club in ‘99, Nicolas Anelka had just moved to Real Madrid and we thought, ‘how can we replace Nicolas Anelka, who is a fantastic player?’ But I think Arsene Wenger will say it is one of the best bits of business he has ever done – bought the new training ground and Thierry Henry with the money.

“He was an amazing player to play with and an amazing person for the dressing room. He had lots of knowledge on the game. I thought Ian Wright’s record would never get beaten, as the all-time leading goalscorer, but certainly Thierry stepped up and was an amazing player for Arsenal Football Club.”

Henry’s Arsenal record stands at 228 goals in 376 appearances.

He broke the 30-goal barrier in five successive seasons for the Gunners, but was lured away to Barcelona in the summer of 2007.

He will be remembered as one of the greatest players to ever grace the Premier League and you get the feeling that a man who always strived to be the best will look to take on a new challenge in the form of coaching and pass his extensive knowledge onto the stars of the future.

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