Thierry Henry, former Arsenal and French national team player, has expressed his desire to return to management and is willing to consider the vacant position of manager of the U.S. men’s national team.
Thierry Henry is familiar with football in America having previously played for New York Red Bulls and having managed CF Montreal in MLS.
However, U.S. Soccer is not expected to hire a new coach until the summer, after replacing their sporting director and general manager.
Henry has expressed his interest in being a manager again and says he knows the American players and the league, but would need to understand the plan and philosophy of the U.S. national team before making a decision.
“Would I put my name in the hat? First and foremost, that’s a tricky one to talk about,” Henry said on CBS/Paramount+.
“Roberto Martinez went to coach Portugal and I’m not going with him. Being a number two is no longer something I would like to do. Massive respect for the boss, he gave me an opportunity when no one else did. I’d like to have a crack [at management] again.
“Do I know the [American] players? Yeah, I know the players.
“Do I know the league? Yeah, I know the league.
“It’s a different ballgame to talk about it now like that, but would I want to be a manager at any level? Yes, of course, that’s something I would want to do.
“But to go back to the U.S. national team and the U.S. in general, what’s the plan? What’s the philosophy? What do you want to be?”
Henry had previously been Roberto Martinez’s assistant with the Belgium national team and had also taken over as manager at his former club, Monaco, for a brief period.
He then went on to manage CF Montreal in MLS, leading them to a playoff berth. However, he stepped down ahead of the 2021 season due to a desire to be closer to his family during the pandemic.