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Henry considers life after playing

SoccerNews in English Premier League 18 Jun 2012

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Thierry Henry says he may not go into management when he retires, despite previously expressing a desire to become a coach.

The New York Red Bulls star and former Arsenal man spoke with Goal.com about his future on Sunday, and although he is eager to remain in football, he has ruled out the possibility of coaching a team in the short term.

“The more I think about it, it’s pretty difficult,” Henry said.

“You don’t think about it but you need to be a teacher (as a coach). Teaching isn’t easy. Sometimes you see things yourself but how do you pass it on?

“When you know something and you’re talking to someone who just doesn’t get it … that must be hard.”

Last year, Henry told reporters his dream would be to take over Arsenal after Arsene Wenger retires.

While he declined to specifically pinpoint what changed his mind, he suggested the daily challenges a manager faces could be too much for him.

“It’s like if I only talk to you as a boss, it’s (one thing). But you have to teach 30 players. Going through all of their temper, their character and dealing with big players … wow,” he said.

The 34-year-old Henry maintained, however, he will pursue opportunities within the sport after he ends his playing career, but he is undecided on what form they will take.

“Don’t get me wrong, I will eventually end up coming back to the game but I don’t know how,” he said.

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