Thierry Henry declines opportunity to replace Corinne Diacre as France’s women manager

France’s football great Thierry Henry won’t be the next France’s women national team manager following the dismissal of Corinne Diacre last week by the French FA. Several officials within the FA had discussed Henry’s name as an interesting option to take over Les Bleues. A commission, consisting of Jean-Michel Aulas (President of Lyon), Marc Keller (President of Strasbourg), Aline Riera, and Laura Georges (former international players), has been tasked with making a recommendation to Philippe Diallo, the interim president of the French FA.

Speaking to Le Figaro, Aulas has confirmed that Henry was in the frame to replace Diacre. The former Arsenal striker was said to be “flattered” by the interest shown in him by the French FA, but he has declined the opportunity to lead Les Bleues to the Women’s World Cup this summer. “I personnally asked him about it. His answer was not affirmative”, told Aulas. The Lyon president said that Henry was moving on to other projects.

Henry, currently a pundit for Amazon Prime Video Sport for Ligue 1 games and CBS Sports for Champions League outings, has not held a manager’s position since his departure from Impact Montreal in MLS three years ago. He was assistant to Belgium manager Roberto Martinez until the 2022 World Cup, which ended in the group stage for the Red Devils. He left his post after the departure of the Spaniard, whom he was expected to replace before the Belgian FA opted for Domenico Tedesco.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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