Thierry Henry talks to Ben Olsen and Richie Williams when he returned to watch a game at Red Bull Arena last year. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
By Michael Lewis
Thierry Henry as Red Bulls coach or sporting director?
Or perhaps another title.
According to reports emanating out of England, the Red Bulls are considering making the former French World Cup winner head coach.
If that is true, Henry would replace Chris Armas as “boss,” according to a report in the Daily Mail and Sky Sports in England. Neither story cited sources.
According to a source based in the United States that spoke to FrontRowSoccer.com, the Red Bulls are interested in bringing Henry back to the Major League Soccer team in some capacity. One possibility, the source said, was as coach.
The source said the Red Bulls are not happy with the team’s record — it is in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a 1-3-2 mark — under Armas and that changes could be made. Denis Hamlet is the team’s sporting director.
The 41-year-old Henry, fired as Monaco coach in January, was an assistant coach on Belgium during the 2018 World Cup.
A vital member of the French squad that captured the world championship in 1998, Henry made 123 international appearances and scored 51 goals.
During his four-year tenure with the Red Bulls that ran through 2014, Henry found the net 51 times in 122 matches.
If he is named coach or a member of the front office staff, Henry’s hiring could be a public relations problem for the team because he was abrasive with the media during his spell with the Red Bulls.
“Officially, the club does not comment on rumors and reports,” a club spokesman told FrontRowSoccer.