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Thierry Henry quits Sky Sports to pursue coaching career

DEPARTURE: Thierry Henry

FORMER Arsenal player Thierry Henry has announced he is leaving Sky Sports to focus on his "long-term ambition to become a football manager".

The 40-year-old was Belgium's assistant coach during this summer's World Cup, having taken the role in 2016 and he has been a Sky pundit since retiring as a player in December 2014.

Taking to twitter to announce the news, Henry said: "Over the last four years I have had some extremely rewarding coaching experiences in football.

"These experiences have only made me more determined to fulfil my long-term ambition to become a football manager.

"It is with sadness, therefore, that I have decided that I must leave Sky Sports to enable me to spend more time on the pitch and concentrate on my journey to achieving that goal."

The 40-year-old has offered his expert analysis on English football's biggest matches over the past three-and-a-half seasons, as well as interviewing the Premier League's top names in Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez, Harry Kane and more.

Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said: "Thierry is a true Premier League legend and we've loved having him as part of our coverage. For four years he has helped us take viewers closer to the game, getting tremendous insight in speaking to the biggest names in football and analysing matches as someone fresh from the dressing room of the biggest clubs.

"We're sorry he's leaving us but we've known he has a real passion for coaching and he has our full support in making that career every bit as successful as his playing days."

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