Thierry Henry’s New York Red Bulls departure and pending retirement from professional football has sparked all sorts of speculation as to what the French legend will do next.
With Arsene Wenger coming under increased pressure at Arsenal, Gooners prone to indulge the wildest of fantasies are burning a candle for the Emirates favourite to take the reigns from his former mentor in north London.
According to the odds gurus at bwin.com, this notion is not completely crazy, with only Jurgen Flopp Klopp shorter than Henry (14/1) in the betting to be the next permanent Gunners boss.
Wenger has already stated that he sees the 37-year-old back at Arsenal in the future:
“Certainly one day he will come back,” he said. “As for what role, I don’t know.”
With no experience in the hotseat, jumping straight into such a high-profile managerial position may be ill-advised, but these three terrace heroes have all stepped into the top job at the club they are most associated with and swam like Michael Phelps with a fishtail, providing inspiration for an Henry appointment.
Pep Guardiola – Barcelona
Lauded as one of the finest coaches on the planet, the current Bayern Munchen boss’ first gig in senior management was with the Catalan kings for whom he represented for 11 years.
In his four-year reign he oversaw a mere 21 losses, which paved the way to winning three La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey’s and two Champions Leagues, while also providing a platform for the planet’s finest practitioner, Lionel Messi, to showcase his best football.
The Argentine magician won the Ballon d’Or following each season under Guardiola’s stewardship.
Frank de Boer – Ajax
After making 432 appearances for De Godenzonen, the man presently manning the Dutch club’s rudder had never taken solo charge of any team before taking over at the Amsterdam Arena in the summer of 2010.
Ajax have been rewarded with four straight Eredivisie titles for ignoring the fact De Boer was a managerial novice.
Kenny Dalglish – Liverpool
Known amongst Kop frequenters simply as ‘the King’, the Glaswegian gaffer hadn’t even packed in playing when he became the shot caller at Anfield in 1985.
Dalglish won three top-tier titles in his first stint at the helm – the last that Liverpool have savoured – as well as two FA Cups.