Pires: Arsenal legend Henry ready to manage in Premier League

Thierry Henry is ready to manage in the Premier League, according to former Arsenal team-mate Robert Pires.

After quitting his role as a pundit for Sky Sports, Henry is now looking for his first managerial post.

The 40-year-old was an assistant to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez at the World Cup as the Red Devils finished third in Russia.

Henry posted a statement on Twitter on Monday announcing his decision to leave Sky, adding that the experiences of the being part of the Belgium set-up had made him “more determined” to fulfil his “long term ambition to become a football manager”.

Having played under the likes of Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola, Henry has seen first hand what is required to succeed.

He played alongside Pires with both Arsenal and France and has now been backed to make the grade in the dugout.

Asked if he thought Henry would be a good manager, Pires replied: “Of course.

“I hope and I wish for Thierry. I’m very happy he left Sky. I sent him a message yesterday saying, ‘Finally, you left’. Not because he’s not a good pundit but I know Thierry.”

Pushed on where Henry should look to take his first job, Pires added: “The UK. He loves the Premier League, for the spirit, the competition, the big, big clubs.

“He’s ready. Now he can focus on the new job, on being a manager. I hope he will find the right club. I don’t know if a chairman will give Thierry the opportunity but he will be a good manager.”