Henry lands new job ahead of Euros as he steps down from BBC punditry duties


Thierry Henry is to return to join the coaching staff at Belgium ahead of the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament.

The Arsenal legend last worked as head coach of MLS side Montreal Impact, but stepped down in February in order to be closer to his children in London.

He has been linked with a whole host of managerial jobs, such as at Celtic and Bournemouth, but so far has not taken up any opportunities.

However, it was announced on Sunday evening that he would link up with Roberto Martinez at Belgium for the second time, with the 43-year-old also having been an assistant coach for the Spaniard for the nation between 2016-2018.



Thierry Henry is to return for a second spell with Belgium
Thierry Henry is to return for a second spell with Belgium

The Red Devils’ official Twitter account posted: “Unfinished business. We welcome back Thierry Henry in the staff for Euro 2020.”

The news means that Henry will now no longer be a part of the BBC’s punditry team for the tournament as planned.

He said in a statement: “It is with much sadness that I can no longer be with all my friends and the wonderful team at the BBC during the European Championships this summer.

“When I was asked to rejoin the Belgium National team staff, it was an opportunity that was impossible to turn down.

“I’m deeply thankful for the understanding that the BBC have shown in allowing me to take this opportunity.”

Belgium, considered among the favourites to win the tournament, have been paired with Russia, Finland and Denmark in Group B, and they open their campaign against Russia on June 12.

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Henry, meanwhile, has recently deleted his social media accounts in a protest against online abuse, and has called on trolls to be held “accountable” for their actions.

He told MPs in a virtual event in parliament on Tuesday: “On social media platforms it seems you can say whatever you want and there are no real consequences. This needs to change and people need to be held accountable.

“There is attention on this topic, but we still have some way to go. I don’t want my kids to go through abuse, my family, friends or indeed anyone to experience any kind of online abuse.”





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