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Thierry Henry could join Roberto Martinez at Everton as Spaniard 'offered job'


Everton have acted quickly to replace recently sacked Rafael Benitez if reports are to be believed, with former boss and current Belgium manager Roberto Martinez being offered the job – and the move could see his assistant Thierry Henry join him at Goodison Park.

Benitez was relieved of his duties after picking up just six points from 13 games in the dugout on the blue half of Merseyside.

Having moved to fifth in the Premier League table at the start of October, the Spaniard won just once in the rest of his tenure in 2-1 home win against Arsenal.

But losses to Brentford, Watford and Norwich amongst others saw his tenure cut short after just 200 days, with the Toffees dropping to 16th in the table as a result.

Rumours linking managers such as Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Graham Potter and Nuno Espírito Santo have cropped up over the last couple of days as the Toffees frantically search for a permanent man to take over the reigns.

But according to The Athletic, they have gone back for former manager Roberto Martinez, who could bring current assistant Thierry Henry with him from the Belgium national team.

Martinez joined Everton in 2013 after the departure of David Moyes to Manchester United.

His fast-flowing football stole the hearts of the Everton fanbase in his first season at the club, with the Toffees unlucky not to qualify for the Champions League after collecting 72 points.

But his tenure quickly turned sour from there, with the Toffees finishing 11th the season after.

And with the club 12th at the end of the season after, a decision was made to sack the Spaniard.

The report states that Everton have made the Belgium FA an offer, with a preference for Martinez to return on an interim basis.

If a deal was to come to fruition, Martinez is claimed to bring Thierry Henry to the club as his assistant.

Talks are underway with his current employers about the scenario of a return to Merseyside, although the ‘Red Devils’ would prefer him to reject the approach.

However, with international fixtures not on the horizon until March, it is thought a job share could be easily done

Henry became Belgium assistant in 2016, before leaving to become Monaco’s manager.

However, a poor spell on the French Riviera followed, winning just four games in 20 at one of Ligue Un’s better sides before he was sacked.

Later, Henry became Montréal Impact manager, although just nine wins from 29 meant he stood down, citing family reasons as the key motive for his departure.

The Frenchman rejoined Belgium in May 2021 in preparation for the rearranged Euro 2020.





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