‘Henry is still a player in his mind’ – Petit questions France icon

first_imgEmmanuel Petit believes his former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry has failed to understand how to make the step from being a player to a manager, after it was confirmed on Thursday night that he has been suspended as Monaco head coach before a final decision is made on his future.Henry is now tipped to leave his first managerial post after overseeing just four league wins in three months in charge of the Ligue 1 team, as his clashes with match officials, opposition players and colourful comments in his press conferences have added to the confusion around his brief reign.The former Arsenal striker was forced to apologise after he admitted using offensive language to berate Strasbourg’s Kenny Lala during Monaco’s 5-1 defeat last weekend, with Petit telling Goal that Henry has been taught a harsh lesson in what looks set to be a doomed first foray into management. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “In his short time at Monaco, we have seen too many times his frustration on the bench,” Petit began. “Also, he has made too many weird comments after games and he lets his frustration become too much.”It looks to me like he is still a player in his mind and he has to understand how to be 100 per-cent a manager. Maybe that has been his biggest problem at Monaco. “Sometimes when you are a great player and then a TV pundit, you make comments that you might not make if you realise what it is like to be a manager. “The world has changed so much and football has changed so much since Thierry was a player, so you cannot compare this game to what it was 10 or 20 years ago.”I don’t think Thierry saw that coming when he went into Monaco. Maybe he felt his personality would be enough to turn this team around, but it hasn’t worked and as a manager, this will be a very big lesson for him.”He understands that when you are a manager, you can have an impact on your team, but now he knows what it is like to feel helpless on the bench. “When you are a player, you have the power to change what it’s happening on the pitch. Now he is not a manager 100 per-cent as he is still learning what it is like to have some of his power taken away and, as well, how to behave. “He is still learning how to pick a team, set up his tactics, his man management skills and, on top of that as well, his body language and his communication needs to improve if he is to succeed as a coach.”Petit offered up a more encouraging assessment of his former Arsenal midfield partner Patrick Vieira, who has made steady progress in his first season as Nice boss.”Patrick is a calm guy and he understands how to be a manager better at this moment,” added Petit. “We saw how he handled the situation with Mario Balotelli, for example. He was fed up with this guy, put him out of his dressing room and now he has gone to Marseille. That sends a strong message to the dressing room. “Patrick is learning very quickly and the time he had in MLS with New York City and when he was training the Manchester City academy was also helpful or him. His experience as a coach before he took on a job in a big league was important for him and maybe this is why he has done better than Thierry.”Leonardo Jardim, Henry’s predecessor at Monaco, is being widely tipped to return to the club and replace Henry as head coach in the coming days.Emmanuel Petit is a Paddy Power ambassador and you can read his views at news.paddypower.comlast_img read more

DR Congo UN Great Lakes Envoy calls for immediate end to fighting

“Deeply concerned” by renewed armed clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as attacks on civilians and United Nations peacekeepers based there, the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes called today for an immediate end to the fighting and strongly urged all regional authorities to observe maximum restraint.“The attacks on the town of Goma as well as on MONUSCO [UN Stabilization Mission] forces, and their tragic consequences on the civilian populations already traumatized by two decades of conflict, are unacceptable. They must stop immediately,” said Mary Robinson, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region of Africa, in a statement. “We must do everything to avoid an escalation of tension in the region, promote dialogue, and respect the letter and the spirit of the Addis Ababa Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region,” Mrs. Robinson said, referring to the accord signed earlier this year by the Government of DRC along with 10 other countries and four regional and international institutions, which now serves as a blueprint for peace and development in the region.“The renewed violence underscores, once again, the urgent need to rapidly find a political solution to the crisis,” she said, noting that such a path would be in line with the Communiqué of the Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, held in Nairobi on 31 July 2013, the informal Ministerial meeting held in New York on 25 July 2013, as well as the Communiqué of the recent SADC [Southern African Development Community] Summit held in Lilongwe, Malawi, on 18 and 19 August 2013. “I strongly urge all authorities in the region to observe maximum restraint, to ensure that civilian populations are protected, and to minimize the risk of escalation of the situation,” said Mrs. Robinson, adding that she is in close contact with all parties and continues to monitor the situation very closely. “My Special Adviser is currently involved in consultations with relevant authorities in order to appeal for calm and restraint,” she said.Over the past year, the M23, along with other armed groups, have clashed repeatedly with the national forces (FARDC) in the eastern DRC. The rebels briefly occupied Goma in November 2012. The fighting resumed in recent weeks, this time dragging in a group of Ugandan-based rebels, and displaced more than 100,000 people, exacerbating the region’s ongoing humanitarian crisis, which includes 2.6 million internally displaced people (IDPs) and 6.4 million in need of food and emergency aid. read more