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Arsenal legend Kanu backs Thierry Henry to succeed in management

Former Arsenal striker Kanu has tipped his former team-mate, Thierry Henry, to be a successful manager.

Gunners Legend Henry has never hidden his ambition to become a first-team coach and has spent the last two years working as an assistant to Roberto Martinez with the Belgium national team.

After the World Cup in Russia, this summer the former France international announced his decision to quit his £4 million a year job with Sky Sports as a Premier League pundit to concentrate on his coaching career.

Henry has since been linked with both the Aston Villa and Egypt national team job and Kanu reckons the 41-year-old has everything he needs to become a top manager.

“I don’t think any job is difficult for him,’’ Kanu told Press Association Sport.

“What he needs is the space and an opportunity to prove himself, so if they can give him that, why not? He can do it. It doesn’t matter. He’s Thierry Henry. He’s been talking on the TV; it’s time for him, when you talk the talk, you walk the walk. He needs an opportunity to showcase what he’s got.

“When he was new (at Arsenal, in 1999) he was not really the character of a manager, but as the years kept going by you could see ‘yeah, he’s got it, he can do that’. He’s been there, the World Cup (with Belgium) tells you all about him, and he can progress from there.”

“He’s been there, done that. The players respect him, and he has a good record.

“He’s not somebody you can ask ‘what has he done?’. He could move to France, could coach people, bring the best from people. That’s what you need. An ex-international, in that role, counts for a lot.”

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