Former Arsenal and French striker Thierry Henry has been named as assistant no new Belgium coach Roberto Martinez. Henry will join Graeme Jones as part of the backroom staff, Jones incidentally was Martinez’s assistant at Swansea, Wigan and Everton.
The announcement came after Martinez announced his first squad as the Belgians begin preparation for the upcoming World Cup Qualifier. The Belgian Football Twitter account tweeted and quoting Martinez said “Thierry Henry has been in the situation to change the spirit into winning something.’’
It was also announced that Richard Evans who was a fitness coach with Martinez at Swansea, Wigan and Everton will take up a similar role with the national team.
Henry who was capped 123 times for France has been working as a television pundit since ending his career with the New York Red Bulls in 2004, while he has also spent time working at Arsenal’s academy while gaining his UEFA A Licence. Henry turned down an opportunity to coach the clubs U-18 side just last month.
Henry expressed his excitement on Twitter and said ‘’Honoured to be assistant coach @BelRedDevils. Thanks to Roberto Martinez & the Royal Belgian Football Association. Very excited. Can’t wait.”
Martinez named his first squad which will see Belgium first play Spain in a friendly on the 1st of September, this will be followed by a World Cup Qualifier game with Cyprus on the 6th of September. Martinez will be used to some of the players in the squad as he coached them at Everton, these been Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirrallas