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.
“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.”
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.
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.