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Thierry Henry reveals four Premier League managers he admires the most

Thierry Henry reveals four Premier League managers he admires the most based on style of play, and there are some surprise inclusions.

He was talking with his fellow colleagues in the studio and said that their efforts ‘speak to him’ more than some of the others do.

The Arsenal legend picked out Scott Parker for special praise, saying that he sticks to his principles of playing it out from the back, even if they are embroiled in a relegation battle and conceded some sloppy goals.

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Parker’s side are still in the relegation zone, though are 18th in the Premier League table and just two points behind Newcastle who are just outside the drop.

The Cottagers recently saw wins over Liverpool, Everton and Sheffield United which has given them a great chance of staying up.

Even losing 3-0 defeat to Manchester City, Henry was impressed by Parker’s tactics, and after being asked if he admired the work of Brighton manager Potter, before then giving credit to the Leeds and Manchester City bosses, he had most to say about Parker.

‘Yes I do [admire Graham Potter], like Bielsa, like Pep, like Scott Parker,’ Henry said on Sky Sports.

‘Like the other day, he tried to play out from the back, conceded two goals out of it but in the first half he was getting pressed because he was being brave against Man City, like the way he went about it at Liverpool.

‘Yes, you’re going to concede goals like that because it’s how you play.

‘Other teams that kick the ball in the stand or refuse to play concede goals because they invite pressure.

‘It is what it is. This is how he likes to play, this speaks volumes to me.

‘I’m not saying other coaches are not good, I’m just saying this speaks a bit more to me because this is what I like to see.’

Fulham face a tricky upcoming fixture list as they continue to fight for their survival, taking on Leeds, Aston Villa, Wolves, Arsenal and Chelsea in their next five, but will be going in confident after impressive recent results.

The final game of the season sees the west London outfit play host to Steve Bruce’s Newcastle and that could one of the most dramatic finales we’ve seen in many years.

Parker insisted he took plenty of positives away from the defeat to Manchester City and will learn from mistakes that led to goals.

‘There are massive positives,’ he said.

‘People may look at the way the goals were conceded but if you try to take a team on like Manchester City there are risks that come from that. ‘We fell short. Overall I’m very pleased.

‘Big test now. Our season won’t be defined against a side like Man City. Now as always, we re-group, learn from the mistakes, take the positives and go again.’

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Thierry Henry recently revealed more on his admiration for Bielsa’s style, saying in an interview with So Foot: “I love to see Leeds play, it’s extraordinary. I also continue to watch Ligue 1, whether it’s Brest, Lens – I’ll watch everything I can.”

The former Monaco coach also praised Bielsa for not forgoing his philosophy. He added: “The game is an alternation: you can’t always play long and you can’t always play short. You have to vary.

“When you look closely, how many teams in history went down because they were playing long balls and how many teams went down because they were trying to build from the back? It is not that clear.

“You can win a championship by playing counter-attack, or by having 80 per cent possession in the opposing half. The same goes the other way. I just wish all philosophies were respected.”

Fans reacted as Thierry Henry reveals four Premier League managers he admires the most…

@CoachPrunt: I like how he points out how other teams that don’t start their game from the back still give up goals. For some reason – constantly giving the ball away and defending for long stretches doesn’t come under the same scrutiny.

@NUFC360: Thierry Henry there praising the two managers #NUFC are in a relegation battle with. Wonder what he thinks of Bruce? 🤔

@1of1rj: Potter hive & no mention of Arteta 🤝

@TheSportSocial: Of course he admires them, they’ve all got a coaching win percentage of greater than 26% 😬 Man’s got no grounds to be coming on criticising managers 😂


@toonlad9: Not Steve Bruce, Thierry? Come on man, Bruce has revolutionised the game

@DouzisApology: He knows Scotty Parker is clear of the Fraud at the Emirates.

@AshWillBradley: Thierry Henry bigging up Graham Potter – you love to see it #bhafc

@SellersTonys: Notice how he didn’t mention Bruce, lol he knows he’s dirt.

@thecolonel888: I would change arteta with scott parker all day

@RentonStu: Dont get the buzz surrounding Potter

@Keeeeegurrnnnnn: This praise comes from a great manager? He’s left #bruceout out.

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