The validity of Thierry Henry’s UEFA A coaching licence has been questioned after the FA of Wales were accused of fast-tracking high-profile stars.
Former Arsenal star and Sky Sports pundit Henry passed his UEFA A licence earlier this month, but the Frenchman’s rapid progress has irked another candidate who claims that the “big names get an easy ride”.
Welsh-based Scottish coach Will Foley, who played for Swansea, believes World Cup-winner Henry could not have successfully completed the lower B licence never mind the A grade, which takes 180 hours spread over a year to complete.
— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) March 10, 2016
Foley told the Daily Mail: “There was no way humanly possible Thierry had even completed his UEFA B licence and could have finished all his assessments and tasks on the A licence when everyone else participating on the course has not even had the chance.
“Where does it end with the Welsh FA? Are they not worried that someone somewhere will start asking to see proof that all these top names are completing what is required by UEFA to fully pass the courses.
“They are quite openly putting certain chosen names through the courses without completing the so-called allotted number of hours which all the candidates have to be seen to be doing. The big names get an easy ride while the others have to do it the hard way.”
Other stars who have done their coaching badges in Wales under the leadership of FAW technical director Osian Roberts include Jens Lehmann, Marcel Desailly, Patrick Vieira, David Ginola and Roberto Martinez.
Foley wrote in his email to FAW course administrator Amy Hobbs: “In my humble opinion the A licence course has become so dependent on making sure big names get “fast-tracked” through that some of the other candidates are feeling isolated and unfairly treated.”