For many fans and observers, it was only a matter of time before Thierry Henry migrated to the coaching world.
The wait is over now, as the retired Arsenal legend has been appointed to an assistant coach role for Belgium.
He joins the new backroom staff being put together by former Everton boss Roberto Martínez. He joins Graeme Jones, who has worked with Martínez for years at three previous clubs. The appointment comes as Martínez prepares to fulfill his mandate to improve Belgium’s fortunes following their disappointing quarterfinal exit at Euro 2016.
Martínez says he’s excited that Henry agreed to join his staff and believes he’ll bring a certain X factor to the Red Devils.
”Thierry brings something completely different. He’s someone who has been in the situation of having to develop a mentality in a team of chasing the dream of winning something special for his country. He is very much an important figure in our staff and we hope he will pass on his experience to the players.”
He went on to say that the Belgium squad’s key strength is in its attacking nous, something which he believes Henry can help fortify.
Following the announcement, Henry posted a short message on Twitter.
His first game as a member of the coaching staff is next Thursday when Belgium host Spain in an international friendly. They’ll then travel to Cyprus to start their World Cup qualifying campaign on September 6th.