Sunday, 19 March 2023

Thierry Henry refuses to coach France

By db-admin – France are without a coach following the dismisall of Corinne Diacre just four months before the Women’s World Cup amid a star strike, with captain Wendie Renard calling her side’s preparation “far from the highest level”.

Meanwhile, the United States national team (USMNT) is also currently without a coach, after Gregg Berhalter was not offered a contract extension that expired after the 2022 World Cup.

Henry, who scored 51 goals in 123 appearances for Les Blues, has been tipped to fill the vacant position. But after the French federation (FFF) approached him over the role, committee member Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed on Wednesday that the former Arsenal star had rejected their offer.

“I personally asked [Henry] the question, but the response was negative,” Aulas told Le Figaro. “He was obviously flattered when asked. We did it because we were told he might be interested. But the coach will not be Thierry Henry. I think he is targeting another project.”

While these “other projects” haven’t been specifically confirmed by Henry, ESPN reported that the Frenchman has his eyes on the vacant position at USMNT. The former forward has experience playing and coaching in MLS, and has spoken openly for managerial roles.

For both national teams, the hunt for a new manager continues. The USMNT will call on Hudson to take their lead for their upcoming Nations League games against Panama and Curucao, while France want a replacement as soon as possible ahead of the World Cups in Australia and New Zealand.

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