Thierry Henry joins Belgium coaching staff as Roberto Martinez's assistant

AFP August 26, 2016 19:12:58 IST
Thierry Henry joins Belgium coaching staff as Roberto Martinez's assistant

Brussels: Former France star Thierry Henry has been named as the new assistant coach of Belgium, the national coach announced Roberto Martinez announced on Friday.

"Thierry is an important figure. He will bring something different. He agreed right away to join us," said ex-Everton Martinez, who was appointed at the start of the month to succeed the sacked Marc Wilmots.

Henry, 39, finished his glittering playing career in 2014 with New York Red Bulls after previously starring for Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal and Barcelona.

Thierry Henry joins Belgium coaching staff as Roberto Martinezs assistant

File photo of former French and Arsenal player Thierry Henry. AP

Since hanging up his boots, he has been working as a pundit for British television station Sky and as an under-18 coach at Arsenal.

He left the latter role in July because Gunners boss Arsene Wenger did not want Henry juggling his coaching with his punditry.

"He is someone who knows how to develop a collective mentality, how to work together to win," said Martinez.

"He won the World Cup in 1998 and has the experience to achieve great things."

Henry, who is joined as an assistant by Englishman Graeme Jones, was not present at the press conference as Martinez announced his first squad since becoming coach.

Belgium face Spain in a friendly next Thursday and then take on Cyprus away in their opening qualifier for the 2018 World Cup on September 6.

"Honoured to be assistant coach @BelRedDevils. Thanks to Roberto Martinez & the Royal Belgian Football Association. Very excited.Can't wait," Henry tweeted.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Premier League: After eight years, Eddie Howe leaves Bournemouth following relegation
Sports

Premier League: After eight years, Eddie Howe leaves Bournemouth following relegation

Howe was English league football's second longest-serving manager having begun his second spell at Bournemouth in October 2012 and leading it into the Premier League in 2015.

ISL: Odisha FC hire Brazilian Rogerio Ramos as new goalkeeping coach
Sports

ISL: Odisha FC hire Brazilian Rogerio Ramos as new goalkeeping coach

The former Indian national team goalkeeping coach Rogerio Ramos has signed a two-year deal with Odisha FC.

AIFF ready to provide its expertise to Football Delhi, says general secretary Kushal Das
Sports

AIFF ready to provide its expertise to Football Delhi, says general secretary Kushal Das

Speaking in the virtual meet, AIFF general secretary Kushal Das urged Football Delhi to come up with a strategy including vision and specific goals for the short and long term.