Did you know that Thierry Henry could have been part of the Belgium national team’s staff? Neither did we. Here’s how.
Before Roberto Martinez was named Belgium coach, German manager, Ralf Rangnick – as well as Rudi Garcia – was heavily linked with the job recently vacated by Marc Wilmots. Wilmots was sacked after Belgium’s 3-1 loss to Wales in the Euros.
Bart Verhaeghe and Chris Van Puyvelde chose the coach by inviting the candidates to an interview where they had to analyse the Wales v Belgium game. Presumably, the best tactician based off this analysis was then appointed.
Rangnick worked with Thierry Henry before and reportedly enjoyed it. Rangnick is the sporting director of Red Bull; Henry played for New York Red Bulls from 2010-2014 – this is presumably how they met and struck up a professional relationship.
Would Henry have accepted the role given that he was also coaching Arsenal’s youth players at London Colney? It’s entirely probable; being part of Belgium’s coaching staff is a huge offer. However, it all depends on whether they would have asked him to give up his beloved Sky Sports pundit position. If he wouldn’t give it up for Arsenal, the club he supposedly loves with all his heart, would he have given it up for Belgium?