Former France and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has quit his position as a Sky Sports pundit to focus on developing his skills as a coach.
Henry has spent the summer working as Roberto Martinez assistant coach for the Belgium national squad at the World Cup in Russia. Belgium achieved 3rd place in the tournament and finished as the highest scoring team at the finals.
The ex-Barcelona star has spent 4 years in the Sky Sports studio and managed to jump back and forth between his Belgium and television duties for the last two, but he now feels the time is right to concentrate solely on coaching.
3/3 I would like to thank everyone at Sky for making me feel so welcome and at ease throughout my time with them and I wish them all the best for the future. Great memories. pic.twitter.com/k5Ysgr0Onn
— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) July 16, 2018
As reported by Four-Four-Two, He took to Twitter to announce the news, stating: “Over the last four years I have had some extremely rewarding coaching experiences in football,”
“These experiences have only made me more determined to fulfil my long-term ambition to become a football manager.”
“It is with sadness, therefore, that I have decided that I must leave Sky Sports to enable me to spend more time on the pitch and concentrate on my journey to achieving that goal.”
“I would like to thank everyone at Sky for making me feel so welcome and at ease throughout my time with them and I wish them all the best for the future. Great memories.”
Belgium squared off against France in the semifinals in Russia, with Didier Deschamps side ultimately running out 1-0 winners. Henry remained calm and professional throughout despite any potential conflicting loyalties.