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Arsenal icon Thierry Henry could take charge of Belgium from the bench against Holland in first international manager game


THIERRY HENRY could lead the Belgian on Sunday from the dugout due to a possible suspension of Roberto Martinez.

The Belgians travel to the Amsterdam Arena with the aim of defeating the Dutch and propelling them to first place in Group D of the Nations League.

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Thierry Henry could lead Belgium from the touchline on Sunday if Roberto Martinez is suspendedCredit: Reuters
The French legend may be distributing the orders of the dugout against Holland

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The French legend may be distributing the orders of the dugout against HollandCredit: Getty

However, they seem certain to go into the showdown without their manager Martinez on the touchline.

The Spaniard, 49, was sent off from the sidelines during the dying seconds of last night’s 2-1 win over Wales.

He received his marching orders for wasting time after refusing to return the ball to a Welsh player as they pressed for an equaliser.

The former Everton and Wigan manager is now set to be punished by UEFA which could result in a sideline ban against the Netherlands.

And that could mean Arsenal legend Henry, who is Martinez’s assistant, could get his first taste of managing an international team from the bench in his absence.

However, it all depends on whether Martinez is able to appeal his dismissal.

He said: “I don’t understand this red card. I took the ball. It was worth a yellow card, but not a red. We’ll see if we can appeal.

“I admit that I was a little surprised to be excluded in this way, it was not much. But hey, it’s clear that I should have left the ball to the Welsh player, so as not to quibble with it. We will see what happens, I hope to be cleared by UEFA.

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Henry started his coaching career under Martinez with the Belgium national team from 2016.

He left that role after two years to take charge of French club Monaco, but was sacked a few months later following a dismal spell.

Henry failed to win a league game at home and left the Ligue 1 side second in the standings after picking up just 15 points from 21 games at the helm.

He then headed to MLS when he was named Montreal Impact boss at the end of 2019 on a two-year deal.

But after leading them to the ‘play-in’ round of the Eastern Conference Play-Offs, he left them due to difficulties traveling and visiting family in London amid the coronavirus pandemic in February 2021 .

He wasn’t out of work for long and soon joined Martinez as an assistant manager in Belgium.



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