Tim Cahill (right) on the possibility of Thierry Henry coaching the Red Bulls someday: “That’s something that would be massive for the club because his impact on and off the park and to the club would be … a big statement not only for the club but also the league.” (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
By Michael Lewis
Like it or not, we might have to live with these Thierry Henry rumors and stories for a while.
A little after Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett Monday claimed that reports that the former standout would join his former team as head coach were false, comes some comments from an ex-teammate supporting the one-time French international as boss of the MLS team someday.
In an interview with beIN Sports, Tim Cahill said if Henry became coach the impact would be “massive for the club” and that the Red Bulls were “in a poor form.”
“The attendance is down,” he added. “They’re to win games and the morale is very low.”
Cahill did not elaborate about the Red Bull’s troubles. The team has a 1-4-2 mark, accruing only five points in seven matches in wake of Saturday night’s 2-1 loss at the New England Revolution.
“When you talk about Thierry Henry and the impact he had at that club, close to four to five years in New York, Red Bulls, he’s someone that the fans know, familiar with the MLS,” Cahill said. “He loves the MLS. Lived there. I think that’s something that would be massive for the club because his impact on and off the park and to the club would be … a big statement not only for the club but also the league.
“Don’t ask me if he’ll want it but I think that would be something for the club, that would take them to a whole different level. They’re in a poor form. The attendance is down. They’re to struggling to win games and the morale is very low.”
On Sunday, at least three English media companies have reported that the 41-year-old Henry was set to become Red Bulls head coach. If true, he would succeed head coach Chris Armas.
However, the Red Bulls released a statement from Hamlett Monday, claiming the 1998 World Cup champion was not joining the club.
“Recent reports of Thierry Henry joining the New York Red Bulls are false,” Hamlett said in a statement.
Henry’s first head coaching stint at the club level was short and rather sour as he was sacked by AS Monaco in French Ligue 1 after three months in charge. Cahill recently spent some time with Henry in Maldives.
“For me, its football,” Cahill said. “The biggest thing is it’s learning. There EW different scenarios, different situations. Not everyone knows what goes on behind the scenes. You don’t really get a transfer window and you get 14 players injured at one time and when you go to a football league, it’s not helpful.”
Cahill’s thoughts went right back to the Red Bulls.
“I think [when] you talk about New York Red Bulls, I think that would be a great appointment for the football club,” he said. “I don’t know if Thierry would want it, but I think it definitely would be something that would make him flinch a little.”
When the subject of him coaching was brought up, the former Australian international said he was interested, but indicated that he would want to be ready to take the giant leap.
“I would like to get my licenses, look into coaching,” Cahill said. “But I feel that that for now, a spend some time with the family, a little bit of TV. I understand you need to really dedicate a lot of your time.”
Asked if the Red Bulls would tempt him to coach, Cahill replied, “For me, no. Because it’s probably too quick for me to go straight back into that world of football.”
Cahill said he wouldn’t mind going the route of former Everton and Arsenal standout, who became an assistant coach at Manchester City after he retirement.
The former Red Bull said: “100 percent. For me, educating myself on TV, analyzing games, being with experienced people that I can learn from is the same way that I want to be as a manager. You look at the situation he’s been put in. He’s got to deal with that scenario and as a player I understand how difficult it is to play, how difficult it would be to manage. So, I want to go into that situation, underneath the manager, part of the coaching staff and you’ve got to do your apprenticeship really. You just can’t go because you had a great career. You wouldn’t want to be put some here.
“So, look at what Mikel Arteta’s done. A very close friend. He’s sitting in the best seat anyone would sit. At the same time, in fairness to him, he’s one of the hardest workers. 37. He went straight from football … straight into coaching.”