Former Aston Villa and Wigan midfielder set to take high-profile international role
Former Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic midfielder Shaun Maloney is set to replace Thierry Henry as Belgium’s assistant manager, according to the Birmingham Mail.
After being linked with the Aston Villa job following the sacking of Steve Bruce this month, Thierry Henry was recently appointed as Ligue 1 side Monaco’s new boss. This means that he’s left his role as Belgium assistant manager. Villa, meanwhile, appointed Brentford manager Dean Smith as their new man in charge.
With Henry leaving, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is on the search for a new No. 2, and it seems that he won’t have to look very far to find one. Former Villa midfielder and current Belgium coach Shaun Maloney looks set to make the step up to being assistant manager.
Maloney signed for Aston Villa in January 2007 and spent 18 months at the club before returning to Celtic. His next foray into English football came in 2011, when he signed for Wigan Athletic. In 2015, Maloney signed for Chicago Fire before returning to England with Hull City in 2015.
At the end of the 2016-17 season, the midfielder decided to call time on his career and become a coach. Shortly afterwards, he linked up with Roberto Martinez and Belgium.
Belgium had a strong tournament at the World Cup this summer, finishing in third place after losing to France in the semi-finals. With the country now looking to secure their place at EURO 2020, Maloney will have an important role if he gets the job.