Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has quit his job at Sky Sports to concentrate on his coaching career.
The 40-year-old former Barcelona forward joined Sky Sports in 2015 and was later on in 2016 named as the first assistant manager to Belgium’s Roberto Martinez. He recently just returned from Russia where his side finished third in the World Cup.
Henry made the announcement through his social media, saying:
"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.
"I would like to thank everyone at Sky for making me feel so welcome and at ease throughout my time with them and I wish them all the best for the future. Great memories."
The French international is Arsenal's all-time leading scorer with a tally 228 goals in all competitions achieved over two spells (1999-2007 and while on loan in 2012.).
While at the North London club, Henry won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups.
In Spain, he won two La Liga titles and the Champions League with Barcelona, and the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship with France.
Speaking about his departure, Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said, as quoted by SKy Sports:
"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."