French legend Thierry Henry reportedly ‘eager’ to coach USMNT
France and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is keen to become the next head coach of the United States men’s national team, according to a report from ESPN on Thursday. The USMNT is currently being coached on an interim basis by Anthony Hudson, one of Gregg Berhalter’s assistants at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Henry is best known for being one of the most prolific strikers in Premier League history, scoring a record 228 goals in all competitions with Arsenal, but has been coaching since 2015, when he started coaching Arsenal youth teams. Since then, he has been head coach of AS Monaco and CF Montreal (formerly known as Montreal Impact) and assistant coach of Belgium, most recently at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Henry was given the chance to return to the sidelines as head coach of the France women’s team, but turned down the offer as he was ‘moving on to other projects’, member Jean-Michel Aulas said. of the committee of the French federation. Le Figaro in a recent interview. Henry has not been a head coach since 2021, when he left his post in Montreal to be closer to his family in London.
Henry was asked about his interest in the USMNT coaching job in February and said it was “difficult” to talk about it.
“Do I know the players? Yeah, I know the players. Do I know the league? Yeah, I know the league. Then it’s a different ball game,” Henry said during an interview. a show on CBS. “I can’t talk about it now like that. But would I want to be a manager at any level? Yes, that’s one of the things I would like to do.”
The search for the next USMNT head coach is ongoing and Berhalter, who was recently investigated by US Soccer, remains a candidate for the job. Hudson will coach the United States for its upcoming Nations League games against Grenada and El Salvador.
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