Belgium: Arsenal Icon Thierry Henry Appointed As Roberto Martinez’s Assistant

Chris Wright

26th, August 2016



It’s been announced that Thierry Henry is to join the Belgium national team’s coaching staff to work as Roberto Martinez’s assistant.

In a similarly unforeseen appointment, ex-Everton manager Martinez was appointed as Belgium’s new head coach earlier this month after answering an advert posted on the Belgian FA website.

Henry had been coaching Arsenal’s Under-18 side but was forced out of his position in July when Arsene Wenger issued an ultimatum by telling the former striker he could only continue in his role if he agreed to give up his television work.

For reasons unfathomable, Henry refused to give up his ridiculously lucrative £4million-a-year Sky Sports gig and lo, has now been hired as Martinez’s right-hand man.

What a time to be alive.

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  1. squiggle says:

    I think it was right that Theirry couldn’t coach at Arsenal while keeping his media job, but also that it was sad. So I’m pretty pleased about this.

  2. Jarren says:

    I know that the French / Belgian rivalry is hardly akin to something like England / Scotland, but seriously?

    They’ve got a Spanish manager, assisted by a Frenchman?

    Is there really such a lack of managerial talent in Belgium?

    Looks to me like Belgium’s greatest recent achievements have been exported, with no real concern for the homeland.

    Perhaps it says a lot about the country…

  3. Dr. Cajetan Coelho says:

    Goals win matches. Thierry Henry – awesome goal-poacher. Will instill or pass-on the killer-instinct in the strike force.

  4. terrence says:

    This is exactly what Titty wanted: a part time gig where he can play coach a few weekends a year AND play on TV the rest of the time.

    Coaching a youth team?
    Being assistant on a 1st-2nd division team?
    Managing a lower league team?

    That requires time and commitment with little money and little publicity. Definitely not the road he is willing to use.

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