On-field great Henry re­turns to prove him­self in coach­ing

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MONACO: For­mer Arse­nal star Thierry Henry was yes­ter­day named as Monaco coach, tak­ing his first job in club man­age­ment af­ter leav­ing his po­si­tion with the Bel­gium na­tional team.

The 41-year-old French World Cup win­ner, who had been work­ing as an as­sis­tant to Bel­gium coach Roberto Martinez since 2016, re­turns to the club where he be­gan his pro­fes­sional ca­reer.

He has signed a con­tract with Monaco un­til June 2021. Henry re­places Leonardo Jardim, who in 2017 guided Monaco to their first Ligue 1 ti­tle since 2000. He was sacked on Thurs­day af­ter a string of poor re­sults left Monaco in the rel­e­ga­tion places.

The for­mer striker will be joined by Joao Car­los Val­ado Tral­hao, un­der-23 coach at Ben­fica, and Pa­trick Kwame Am­padu, coach at Arse­nal’s academy and fa­ther of Chelsea player Ethan Am­padu.

Henry grad­u­ated from Monaco’s youth sys­tem and made his de­but for the club in 1994. He no­tably scored seven goals in the 1997-8 Cham­pi­ons League as the Monaco team of the time, then coached by Arsene Wenger, reached the semi-fi­nals, where they lost to Ju­ven­tus. Henry said it was “fate” that he had re­turned to the Prin­ci­pal­ity club.

“It is with great pride that I am de­lighted to an­nounce that I have ac­cepted the po­si­tion to be­come the man­ager of AS Monaco FC,” he said on Twit­ter.

“I was for­tu­nate to re­ceive some very at­trac­tive of­fers over the last few months but Monaco will al­ways be close to my heart. “Hav­ing started my foot­balling ca­reer with this great club, it seems like fate that I will now be­gin my man­age­rial ca­reer here too. “I’m in­cred­i­bly ex­cited to be given this

op­por­tu­nity but now the hard work must be­gin. Can’t wait.” Af­ter spend­ing five sea­sons as a player with Monaco, Henry went on to play for Ju­ven­tus, Arse­nal, Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls.

While at Arse­nal, he was the Pre­mier League’s top scorer for four sea­sons and has been tipped as a fu­ture man­ager of the Lon­don club.

Henry scored 51 goals in 123 ap­pear­ances for France, win­ning not only the 1998 World Cup but also Euro 2000. Af­ter the duo over­saw Bel­gium’s 2-1 win against Switzer­land in the Na­tions League on Fri­day, Martinez said Henry “has the po­ten­tial to be­come a great coach”. Monaco chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Vadim Vasi­lyev, said Henry could “count on our trust and all our sup­port to bring a new dy­namic to the team and carry out the mis­sion”. “His knowl­edge of foot­ball, his pas­sion for the game, his high stan­dards and his com­mit­ment to our colours make his nom­i­na­tion a re­al­ity. “Thierry is both aware of the task ahead and ea­ger to start his new job.” — AFP

CAEN: In this file photo taken on May 5, 1997 Monaco’s play­ers Vic­tor Ikpeba, Thierry Henry and John Collins cel­e­brate af­ter win­ning the French Ligue 1 cham­pi­onship foot­ball match against Caen. For­mer Arse­nal star Thierry Henry was yes­ter­day named as Monaco coach, the strug­gling Ligue 1 club an­nounced. — AFP

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