Thierry Henry has broken his silence on rumors that he is eyeing the Belgian national team job.
The Red Devils are without a manager following the resignation of Roberto Martínez after they were eliminated at the World Cup group stage last year.
According to Belgian reports, Henry, Martinez’s deputy, is being considered as a candidate, but the football giant has been ruled out.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Arsenal and French legend said: “Contrary to what has been made public, I have made it clear that I have not contacted the Belgian Football Association to offer my services as the new head coach of the first team. I want to do it,” he said.
I think it’s important to “always tell the truth”.
The Belgian Football Association has been looking for Martinez’s successor since early on.
The ad for the position said, “Even after an early exit from the Qatar World Cup, the RBFA remains highly ambitious for the future.”
The RBFA are looking for a full-time national coach who knows how to win. ”
“The new head coach is very ambitious, with international experience at the highest level, tactical knowledge, football sense and the right people,” he said.
“He’s a serial winner with the highest level of player management experience.
“He’s focused on building a tight-knit group and knows how to integrate young players.
“What football associations are looking for are tactical experts who back up their decision-making with data, technology and objective parameters, and build on the RBFA’s experience and sporting structure.”
Qualifying for the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup was a failure for Martinez.
The former Wigan manager said: “As you can imagine, it’s very emotional because it was my last game with the national team.
“Whether we won the World Cup or we were eliminated in the group stage, the end was decided. Getting knocked out at this stage has nothing to do with me.
We have to accept that “today is the last game”. The decision was made just before the World Cup.
“I always work with a long-term view. I think long-term projects should be long-term and fixed in advance.”
But Martínez took over as Portugal’s manager this week after a disappointing six-year stint as Belgium manager.