Arsenal legend in last-minute return to international coaching job for Euro 2020
Thierry Henry has made a last-minute return to the Belgium coaching staff ahead of Euro 2020, leaving his punditry role with the BBC for the tournament as a result.
The Frenchman worked as a coach with Belgium boss Roberto Martinez at the 2018 World Cup, when they made it to the semi-finals before being beaten by France.
Since then he has had short stints as manager of Monaco and then Montreal Impact, but was not expecting to be directly involved at the European Championships.
The 43-year-old was due to be working with the BBC for the event but has stepped down from that role and will reunite with Martinez and the Red Devils at the Euros.
‘It’s an honor and privilege to be called to help Roberto and the rest of the staff for the upcoming European Championships,’ Henry said in a statement. ‘It’s a continuation of an unfinished story which we will give everything for a successful outcome.’
He added in a BBC statement: ‘It is with much sadness that I can no longer be with all my friends and the wonderful team at the BBC during the European Championships this summer.
‘When I was asked to rejoin the Belgium National team staff, it was an opportunity that was impossible to turn down.
‘I’m deeply thankful for the understanding the BBC have shown in allowing me to take this opportunity.’
The Belgium national team official account tweeted: ”Unfinished business. We welcome back Thierry Henry in the staff for #EURO2020!’
Unfinished business. We welcome back Thierry Henry in the staff for #EURO2020! ð¤ð§ðª pic.twitter.com/ocOWct2JMi
Martinez is thrilled to have the legendary Arsenal star back at his side as he looks to go better than the third-place finish they managed in 2018.
‘We are delighted that Thierry can join us for the Euros 2020,’ said the Spaniard. ‘His tournament experience and international football knowhow is a great added value to our staff.
‘Thierry knows almost every player and staff member and it feels only natural that we can carry on the story started in het qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup and its bronze medal tournament.’
Belgium get their campaign underway against Russia on 12 June before further group games against Denmark and Finland.
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