Monday 26 September 2016

Thierry Henry made a big impression on Belgium stars in first day in coaching role

Callum Davis

Published 30/08/2016 | 11:55

Thierry Henry has officially begun his new career as an international coach following his decision to become Roberto Martinez's new assistant.

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The former Arsenal striker was confirmed as the new assistant coach of the Belgium international team on Friday afternoon.

Since retiring from football in 2014 Henry has worked as a pundit for Sky Sports, combining his television career with his Uefa coaching course.

Henry, 39, had been working as a coach at former club Arsenal, however he left the position earlier this year after Arsene Wenger aired concerns over his broadcasting commitments.

Now with Belgium, the former Arsenal striker has already had an immediate impact on some of Belgium's finest.

Michy Batshuayi, who joined Chelsea earlier this summer in a £30m deal, hailed the impact of Arsenal's all-time leading goalscorer.

"Not sure I ever listened to my parents like this," he tweeted, with the hashtag '#LearnFromTheBest.'

Belgium meet Spain in an international friendly on Thursday before beginning their World Cup qualification campaign against Cyprus on Tuesday

Henry played a significant part in the Red Devils' training session, running drills and giving Belgium players a number of one-one-one tutorials: including Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku.

Roberto Martinez was a surprise choice to lead Belgium, who are currently second in the FIFA world rankings.

Speaking as a part of his role as pundit for Sky Sports, Henry revealed he could not resist the offer from the former Everton manager.

"Being able to be part of Belgium and working with Roberto Martinez, who has been in the game a very long time, and learn under him is going to be key for me.

"Let's see how far we go but yes, eventually, if you work well and you go through the right process then maybe one day, why not (I'll become a manager).

"You need to understand you can do it. The team has the quality to do it. We all know how hard it is to make a team be a team but that is the aim."

Telegraph.co.uk

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