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New York Red Bulls deny Thierry Henry coaching rumors

Aug 26, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls former player and international star Thierry Henry (left) talks to DC United forward Wayne Rooney (9) after a match at Red Bull Arena. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

As the rumors intensified overseas over the weekend, New York Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett poured cold water over the idea Thierry Henry is set to become the team’s head coach.

In a brief statement released by the club Monday afternoon, Hamlett categorically denied the stories.

“Recent reports of Thierry Henry joining the New York Red Bulls are false,” Hamlett said in the entirety of the statement.

Sky Sports claimed on Wednesday that Henry, the club legend as a player, was in talks to become the next coach.

That rumor grew stronger on Sunday when Sky, citing sources, said the sides had reached an agreement, with Henry set to take over the club next week. Henry last attended a Red Bulls game last season when the club faced D.C. United at Red Bull Arena. 

Henry, who scored 51 goals in 122 for the Red Bulls at the tail-end of his storied playing career, lasted just three months in charge of Monaco in his first stint as first-team coach. Henry was dismissed in January with a 4W-11L-5D record in his 20 games in charge.

The Red Bulls are struggling in Chris Armas’ first full season in charge after taking over midway through the 2018 season when Jesse Marsch left to be an assistant coach at RB Leipzig. New York have won just one of its first seven games, have lost four of their last five games during a current five-match winless streak and are tied with Atlanta United for last place in the Eastern Conference.

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