Thierry Henry plans to give his salary for his role as Belgium’s assistant coach to charity, according to Sport/Foot Magazine.
The former Arsenal striker was surprisingly appointed as one of new Belgium coach Roberto Martinez’s assistants last week and said he believed the team could “make history” in the future.
Over the past few days the ex-France international has been working with the squad for the first time ahead of Martinez’s first game in charge against Spain on Thursday.
Sport/Foot Magazine reported on Wednesday that the former Gunners under-18s coach will hand over his annual salary for the role, thought to be around €50,000, to charity organisations in Belgium.
The magazine says Henry made the decision to do so for two reasons — he is already guaranteed a reported £4 million per year through his long-term contract as a TV pundit with Sky Sports, while having earned little coaching experience so far, he is also grateful for the opportunity to work with the side ranked No. 2 in the world.
Henry sees his new role as a good way of learning the ropes before taking on a managerial position in the future.