‘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

Police tried to ban former parking association boss from sitting opposite women

first_img“The witness challenged him at platform eight and followed him onto the train where he was seen with his hand in his right pocket fidgeting with something. It is thought he was trying to get his phone out to delete the image. Patrick Troy  He must also pay £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge. Credit:Tony Palmer  Police attempted to ban the former boss of the British Parking Association from sitting opposite women he didn’t know on public transport, a court heard after he was caught filming up a commuter’s skirt. Patrick Troy, 56, was caught desperately fiddling with his phone in a bid to delete the recording after a witness confronted him about it at Vauxhall station on June 8 last year. He pleaded guilty to committing an act outraging public decency at Westminster Magistrates Court and was sentenced to 18 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years, on Monday. The court heard Troy, who resigned from his position at the association in February for “personal reasons”, was also made subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), which prohibits him from taking pictures on public transport.  British Transport Police had applied for the order to include a ban on sitting opposite unknown females, but this condition was dropped. Malachy Pakenham, prosecuting, told the court that Troy – who described being caught as a “watershed” moment – had been caught filming the woman as she walked towards platform eight of the busy London station “The defendant was seen holding his phone at an angle below her skirt and the witness saw the red recording light on and a clear image of the skirt and back of the woman’s legs,” he said.  “The police were called and when the train stopped at Clapham Junction he was arrested. A number of other images were found on the phone. He was interviewed on two occasions and was quite frank and apologetic for his actions, saying he regretted his actions, which disgusted him.”He said every time he did it, film up skirts, he hated it and saw his arrest as a watershed moment. He said it was not a hobby, but when the opportunity presented itself he was tempted as he travelled to and from work. and there were other images.”Troy tried to explain himself to police: “Sometimes I wonder, I suppose it’s for sexual gratification, I don’t know, that must be the conclusion.”Troy’s lawyer Michael Sprack, referring to the probation report, told the court he had no previous convictions. “He made frank admissions in interview and was concerned that the police had as much information as they could,” he added. Magistrate John Newgas said the offence had gone on for a period of 10 months, with a range of victims affected. The sentence was reduced from 24 weeks to 18 weeks due to the guilty plea. Troy must also comply with a thirty-five day designated activity requirement and up to 100 days on a programme chosen by the probation service.”This offence is so serious custody is the only option, due to harm and risk,” added Mr Newgas. “A suspended sentence is serious. If you commit an offence within twenty-four months the sentence could be reactivated. You are on a warning and quite lucky to not be in prison.” He said every time he did it, film up skirts, he hated it and saw his arrest as a watershed momentMalachy Pakenham, prosecuting Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more