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Thierry Henry linked with Watford coaching role

Watford could offer France and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry coaching experience, according to national media reports.

Henry has left his role as assistant coach of Arsenal Under-18s because Arsene Wenger believes his contract as a forthright pundit with Sky Sports provides a conflict of interests. Henry needs to complete a certain number of hours so he can gain the Uefa Pro License qualification.

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“I would like to thank Andries Jonker for offering me the chance to coach the U-18s at Arsenal, which I was honoured to accept,” tweeted Henry. “However, 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.”

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Watford would represent a convenient next destination for Henry as their training ground is on the same road as Arsenal’s. Whether there is a vacancy remains to be seen. David Horseman, who gained his Pro License recently, and Carl Martin coach the club’s under-18s. Harry Kewell is in charge of the under-21s and he harnessed the help of Lee Bowyer, as a guest coach, for a month last year. Henry could assist Kewell but the Frenchman would struggle to commit to a full programme of under-21 matches due to his TV commitments.

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Watford, however, already have a sizeable coaching team. The employee information in the club’s report and financial statements shows Watford had 46 coaching staff last season – and that number has grown following the arrival of Walter Mazzarri’s sizeable backroom team.