Thierry Henry has agreed to join the managerial team of Belgium national team as the assistant manager to Roberto Martinez.
The former France international will become part of the backroom staff alongside Graeme Jones who has been a part of Martinez’s staff at Swansea, Wigan and Everton. The announcement was made as Belgium announced their squad for the first time under Martinez’s charge.
Belgium currently rank second in the FIFA World Ranking and after a disappointing run under Marc Wilmots at Euro 2016, Martinez has been appointed to bring back quality football back on the field.
Thierry Henry, who has had recent experience of a coaching role as Arsenal’s under-18 gaffer will become a vital part of Martinez’s staff as he brings the experience of winning titles at both domestic and international platforms.
Working as a Sky Sports pundit, Henry was told by Wenger to choose between coaching at Arsenal and his TV job, of which he left after the season came to a close. Henry now wants to continue his career in football management alongside Martinez who thinks the Frenchman’s experience can help Belgium develop into a competitive side.
Speaking about Henry joining his team at Belgium’s official press conference Martinez said, “He’s someone that has been in the situation of having to develop a mentality as a team to chase the dream of winning something special. He did that with his country back in ’96 leading up to ’98.”
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“The attacking quality we have in our group is very rich. Thierry Henry’s experience of being able to go through that situation that we have as a team is going to be very important. Then when you go into the basics of simple attacking drills, as a player you can get a lot from him. That’s going to be a big role from Thierry’s point of view.”
The 39 year old won the 1998 World Cup and then went on to winning Euro 2000 for his country. He personally acknowledged Martinez’s announcement on Twitter expressing his joy over becoming assistant coach.
Honoured to be assistant coach @BelRedDevils. Thanks to Roberto Martinez & the Royal Belgian Football Association. Very excited.Can’t wait.
— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) 26 August 2016
Henry will coach the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Christian Benteke, Divock Origi, Michy Batshuayi and Kevin De Bruyne as the new assistant to Martinez and hopes to impart his striker knowledge on to the current Belgium front-men.