In recent days, Romelu Lukaku and Toby Alderweireld have expressed their desire to see Thierry Henry (45) become the future coach of the Devils. For his part, the Frenchman has already informed the Belgian Union that he is open to the position, reports Het Laatste Nieuws.
Good news for Lukaku and Alderweireld: Thierry Henry is indeed “very interested” in the post of coach of the Devils. He confirmed it to the Belgian Union, without officially applying. A month after the departure of Roberto Martinez, his name is the one that stands out the most in the race for the succession of the Spanish technician. But there are still questions.
Henry will first have to convince part of the locker room. Respect for his playing career is immense, but the Frenchman has yet to prove himself as a coach, and some Devils have rated it highly. During his stints with the selection, “Titi” was particularly close to the attackers. Part of the core, less close to him, would therefore remain on his guard, according to HLN. Other observers note that the appointment of Thierry Henry would be a continuation of Martinez, while a radical change was demanded.
The question of his salary
His salary, too. Henry received around 100,000 euros a year for his role as assistant coach at the Devils, part of which was donated to charity. At the same time, the former striker earned around five million euros a year on the Sky channel. From now on, he distills his analyzes on CBS where his salary would be lower. While Martinez had a salary of three million euros per year with bonuses for his dual role as coach and sports director, the second top scorer in the history of the Blues will have to make concessions on his emoluments. But if the opportunity arises for him, it shouldn’t be a problem.
Thierry Henry is in his second term as assistant coach of the Red Devils since 2021. He was already part of the staff between 2016 and 2018, mainly in a supporting role. Henry then tried unsuccessfully to be the head coach of AS Monaco and Montreal. In the principality, he was fired after three months. In Canada, Henry himself threw in the towel after 29 matches, including 16 defeats. The reason? He wanted to be closer to his family, who live in London.
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