Arsenal legend Henry agrees terms to become Egypt coach

Arsenal legend Henry agrees terms to become Egypt coach
Arsenal legend Henry agrees terms to become Egypt coach

Thierry Henry has agreed terms to become the Egypt manager after his agent met with bosses from the African nation’s FA, according to reports.

The Arsenal legend, 40, is still deciding whether to take the role as he considers the direction the Egyptian FA (EFA) wish to take the team in.

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Former international keeper Nader El-Sayed told Egyptian outlet King Fut: “We had a meeting with Thierry Henry’s agent in London, and (EFA board member) Hazem Emam was present.

“Henry is waiting for the EFA’s project for the team before deciding on the offer, apart from the economic aspect.”

Henry recently assisted Belgium manager Roberto Martinez at the World Cup in Russia, helping to guide them to a third-place finish.

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The Frenchman then left his Sky Sports punditry role to pursue a full-time managerial post, and was linked with the Aston Villa role after their recent takeover.

But Villa instead backed current boss Steve Bruce to continue.

Henry has coaching experience with Arsenal’s youth academy but has never held a senior managerial role.

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The Egypt job, which former Mexico and Atletico Madrid boss Javier Aguirre has also been linked to, is available after Hector Cuper was sacked following a disastrous World Cup campaign.

Struggling to offer an attacking threat with Mo Salah not fully fit, Egypt lost all three Group A games, against opponents Uruguay, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The Egyptian squad, nicknamed ‘the Pharaohs’, included Salah, Arsenal man Mohamed Elneny and West Brom’s Ahmed Hegazi.

Wigan Athletic’s Sam Morsy was also in the side that finished as one of only two teams not to pick up a point in Russia.