Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry said it was ‘difficult to say no’ to Roberto Martinez and is looking forward to the ‘exciting challenge’ that coaching the Red Devils represents.
‘I’m very thankful for the opportunity Roberto and the Belgian Federation gave me. I think it’s an exciting challenge.’ Henry said on Sky Sports.
‘One of the things we’re going to have to work on is to match the quality that team has and make sure that team finally becomes a great team.
‘Knowing Roberto from the past and talking to him, we clicked in terms of the philosophy we had about the game and it was difficult to say no.
‘He is the main guy and I am going to try to help within the structure to make sure the team can go far. I think that team can create history, it’s just a matter of believing in it.
Henry, who had a coaching position with Arsenal’s Under-18 squad before giving it up in order to continue his television career, harbours ambitions of becoming a manager one day but believes he needs to ‘go through the right process’ before taking full control of a team.
‘You have to start with the start. 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.