Thierry Henry named Bel­gium as­sis­tant coach

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FORMER France star Thierry Henry has been named as the new as­sis­tant coach of Bel­gium, the na­tional coach Roberto Martinez an­nounced yes­ter­day.

“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.

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

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

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. — AFP

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