Thierry Henry has emphatically denied getting in touch with the Belgian FA about the open position of head coach.
Henry served as Roberto Martinez’s assistant head coach while in charge of Belgium. After the Red Devils were eliminated from the World Cup group stage in Qatar in December, Martinez stepped down.
The former striker for Arsenal and Barcelona has been closely associated with the Belgium head coach job, and according to rumors in Belgium, Henry has applied for the position.
Henry, however, has clarified the situation and insisted that he has not made any approach.
Henry remarked to Sky Sports: “I would like to make it abundantly clear that contrary to written reports, I have never contacted the Belgian FA offering my services as the new first team coach.”
“I think it’s vital that the truthful version of facts is always presented.”
Martinez, the former manager of Belgium, has since been named the new coach of Portugal.
The first of Belgium’s ten Euro 2024 qualifying matches will be played in Sweden on March 24.
Thierry Daniel Henry, a professional football coach, analyst, and former player from France, was born on August 17, 1977. He currently serves as an assistant coach for Belgium’s national team.
Henry is one of the best players to ever play in the Premier League and one of the best attackers of all time.
He won FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004, FIFA Runner-Up for the Ballon d’Or in 2003, and third place for the Ballon d’Or in 2006.
He received a record three FWA Footballer of the Year awards, two PFA Players’ Player of the Year awards, and six consecutive selections to the PFA Team of the Year.
Additionally, he made the UEFA Team of the Year five times and the FIFA FIFPro World XI once.
In 1994, Henry made his professional debut with Monaco before joining Juventus, the reigning Serie A winners.
However, due to a lack of playing time and conflicts with the club’s leadership, he left and signed with Premier League team Arsenal for £11 million in 1999.
Henry developed into a productive striker and Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer with 228 goals across all competitions under longtime mentor and coach Arsène Wenger.
With the club, he won two FA Cups, two Premier League titles, and the Premier League Golden Boot a league-record four times. One of those trophies came during the team’s undefeated Invincible season.
Henry captained Arsenal for his final two seasons there, guiding them to the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final.
When Henry moved to Barcelona in 2007, he played a significant role in the team’s historic treble, which included victories in La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League.
He joined the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2010, returned to Arsenal for two months in 2012 on loan, and then left the sport in 2014.
The 1998 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2000, and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup were victories for Henry’s France team.
In addition to being named to the UEFA Euro 2000 Team of the Tournament, the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball and Golden Shoe, and the 2006 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team, he received the French Player of the Year award a record five times.
He broke the record for most goals scored by a nation in October 2007, a mark he kept until December 2022.
After the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Henry announced his retirement from international football after making 123 appearances and scoring 51 goals.
Henry switched to coaching after retiring. In February 2015, he started coaching Arsenal’s junior squads in addition to his duties as a Sky Sports pundit.
Before taking on the position of head coach at Monaco in 2018, he was named as an assistant coach at Belgium in 2016.
He was let go from Monaco in January 2019 and took over as manager of Montréal Impact less than a year later.