The return of Thierry Henry to the staff of Belgium surprised the Belgian press, which interprets the presence of the French as a possible preamble to a succession of Roberto Martinez at the head of the Red Devils.
T3, T2 and soon coach of Belgium? Since the announcement of the return of Thierry Henry to the staff of Belgium on Sunday, the Belgian press imagines a fate of number 1 for the French world champion who occupied the post of second assistant (T3, as he is called in Belgium), then first assistant (T2).
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The former Arsenal and Barca striker has been recalled by manager Roberto Martinez to support him at Euro and take on the number 2 position, vacant since Graeme Jones left Bournemouth, Newcastle and now in the staff of the English selection. His invaluable experience of major competitions, his proximity to the stars of the workforce and the fond memories of the 2018 World Cup (3rd place) prompted him to retry the experience. He has not yet joined the selection’s training center in Tubize, where he is expected in the coming days.
Tottenham, Barça … Martinez is popular in Europe
But the Belgian media did not wait for his presence to project themselves a little further. The RTBF, the last hour, the evening and others imagine Henry to take the place of Roberto Martinez and settle on the bench of Belgium after the Euro. The Belgian coach is under contract until the 2022 World Cup but a departure from the Red Devils is regularly mentioned this summer, even if he assured the opposite in an interview with Le Soir.
The former manager of Swansea, Wigan and Everton is popular in the market and his name has recently returned among the potential leads to sit on the bench at Tottenham and even at Barca. At the same time, Thierry Henry had his first experiences as a head coach since his departure from the Red Devils in 2018. It had turned into a fiasco in Monaco (100 days and four small victories between October 2018 and January 2019). He continued with a season on the bench of CF Montreal before putting an end to his adventure due to the estrangement with his family, based in London.
Here he is back nearby and still with big ambitions: those of a number 1 coach. “I will not take a number 2 position because I want to be number one”, he confided to the Telegraph in 2019. He is an exception. for his return to business. To better take control? The answer will wait at least for the end of the Euro.