Arsenal's Thierry Henry celebrates victory
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger laid down the law to Thierry Henry, insisting he choose between coaching with the club full-time, or concentrate on his punditry gig with SkySports.
Unable to combine the two, Henry has left the role, quoted by The BBC: "I respect Arsene Wenger's decision and I want to wish their manager Kwame Ampadu, the boys and everyone at the club all the best for the forthcoming season."
The BBC report added that Henry must now find another club to complete his coaching badges, although given his illustrious reputation this should not be a problem.
Wenger's decision predictably drew the ire of television presenter Piers Morgan, a staunch anti-Wenger critic.
So disgusted by Arsenal manager's treatment of Thierry Henry.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 12, 2016
Thierry will now go to a rival club to coach their young players.
Less surprising was that Lord Sugar, a Tottenham fan in regular disagreement with Morgan, actually agreed with him on this occasion.
Sugar, notorious for his 'You're Fired' line in The Apprentice, suggested Wenger had been irritated by Henry.
Agreed strange move . Maybe AW thinks TH is getting a bit too big for his boots https://t.co/ossBvH7KaP— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) July 12, 2016
Henry was critical of Arsenal at times last season, and the year before he called out Olivier Giroud, but he was also put on the spot to do so, and took no pleasure in making harsh comments - which each were deserved.
Yet Wenger has a point that to criticise players and staff and then turn up at London Colney days later makes the jobs incompatible, it is just a shame such a public falling out has turned into a PR nightmare for the Gunners, and could result in Henry working for another Premier League side.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger