Henry Head Coaching Rumors False, Red Bulls Say

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Thierry Henry. Photo: Winslow Townson-USA Today Sports

With the New York Red Bulls off to a slow start in the 2019 Major League Soccer season, rumors surfaced that Thierry Henry would be named the team’s new head coach replacing Chris Armas.

But the Red Bulls have quashed those reports. In a brief statement, Denis Hamlett, the team’s sporting director said, “Recent reports of Thierry Henry joining the New York Red Bulls are false.”

Initial reports connecting Henry and his former club surfaced over Easter weekend. The defending Supporters’ Shield winners have started the season with only one win over its first seven games. Its five points have the team in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, ahead of last place Atlanta United only on goal differential.

Armas was named Red Bulls head coach in July of 2018, replacing Jesse Marsch who left to join the coaching staff of RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.

Henry is no stranger to the Red Bulls having played for the team from 2010 to 2014 after a sterling career in Europe where he played for Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus and Monaco. In 122 appearances for New York, he scored 51 goals.

Henry’s first head coaching job was less than successful. He was hired as Monaco’s head coach in October 2018 and was fired four months later.