Sources: Rejected by Henry France; Interested in USMNT

French Federation (FFF) committee member Jean-Michel Aulas said Thierry Henry turned down the chance to coach France’s women’s national team following the sacking of Corinne Diacker last week.

Henry, who is second in the France men’s team’s all-time scoring list with 51 goals, was an assistant coach with Belgium before leaving with manager Roberto Martinez at the end of the 2022 World Cup.

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“I asked personally [Henry] question, but the response was not positive,” Aulas told Le Figaro.

“He was obviously very happy to be asked. We did it because we were told he might be interested.

“But it won’t be Thierry Henry. I think he’s going to another project.”

Sources told ESPN that Henry is interested in the vacant US men’s national team head coaching position. The USMNT has been without a permanent coach since Gregg Berhalter’s contract expired at the end of 2022.

US Soccer said this week that Berhalter was a candidate to return to the position following an investigation into domestic violence allegations against him.

Henry, who has both played and coached in Major League Soccer, suggested last month that he was open to leading the United States, which will co-host the 2026 World Cup alongside Canada and Mexico.

“Do I know the players? Yes, I know the players. Do I know the league? Yes, I know the league,” Henry, who coached CF Montreal during the 2020 season, told CBS.

“Do I want to be a manager at any level? Yes, of course. It’s something I want to do.”

France parted ways with Diacker just four months before the Women’s World Cup due to opposition from several top players.

France captain Wendy Renard said last month she would skip this year’s World Cup because she was unhappy with the team’s set-up.

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