Former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry named as Belgium national team assistant manager



THIERRY HENRY has been named the shock assistant manager of the Belgium national football team.

The former Arsenal star, 39, has no managerial experience, but will link up with former Everton boss Roberto Martinez in leading the Red Devils.

Martinez, who has also appointed his former Everton and Wigan right-hand man Graeme Jones as assistant coach, said: “We are here to help the real quality we have. We need to support the players.

“Thierry Henry has been in the situation to change the spirit into winning something.”

The former Everton boss added: “I am very satisfied that we have been able to create an impressive staff.”

Henry’s new role will have no effect on his work with Sky.

Spaniard Martinez, 43, was something of a left-field selection when he was appointed Belgium boss earlier this month, after Marc Wilmots was given the boot following their 3-1 loss to Wales in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

The ex-Swansea chief was given his marching orders by the Toffees this summer following three years at Goodison Park.

His No2 Henry, meanwhile, has no managerial experience.

After an incredible career as a player – netting 360 goals in 792 appearances, including 228 strikes for Arsenal in just 376 games – Henry went straight into punditry, landing a gig at Sky Sports.

The 123-cap Frenchman will join former Everton No2 Graeme Jones as second assistant to Martinez, overseeing stars such as Eden Hazard, Michy Batshuayi and Kevin De Bruyne.

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