Romelu Lukaku, an Inter Milan and Belgium striker, has said he wants Thierry Henry to take over as the national team’s manager.
After the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Belgium’s national team and manager Roberto Martinez parted ways. Henry served as Martinez’s deputy in Qatar and at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and Lukaku thinks the Frenchman should take the helm because of his credibility with the team.
In an interview with Sky Italia, the Belgium and Inter striker remarked, “For me, Henry is the next coach of Belgium. I say it openly: he will be the next coach. There are no doubts. He has the respect of all the players; he has won everything. He knows how to coach and what we must do to get there.
“He knows the team, the league, the staff. For me, he is the ideal coach for our national team. [If it isn’t Henry] then I don’t know who they will hire. But I don’t think Belgium should start from scratch.”
Lukaku continued by saying that Belgium’s “Golden Generation” has been a disappointment but that this should not be held against Henry. He said the current generation has yet to win but must keep trying. “He wants to win, and I don’t think the federation is going to get a coach who wants to change everything and start from scratch. It’s not worth it to me.”
The Belgian international is on loan at Inter from Chelsea, but he has stated his desire to make the transfer permanent. After that, we will see him again on January 4th, when Inter hosts Napoli in Serie A.