Monaco sack coach Jardim af­ter poor Ligue 1 start

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Monaco, lan­guish­ing 18th in Ligue 1, said yes­ter­day that they have sacked Leonardo Jardim, who led them to a French ti­tle in 2017. Monaco wished Jardim, who also led the club to a Cham­pi­ons League semi-fi­nal in 2017, and his staff “the best for the fu­ture.”

The club from the prin­ci­pal­ity would not com­ment on a re­place­ment, but their for­mer player Thierry Henry has been linked to the job. Henry was youth player with the club and scored seven goals in the 1997-8 Cham­pi­ons League as an­other tal­ented Monaco team, this one coached by Arsene Wenger, reached the semi-fi­nals, where they lost to Ju­ven­tus.

He was then sold to the Turin club and went on to a suc­cess­ful spell with Ar­se­nal in Eng­land and World Cup and Euro-2000 win­ners medals with France. Henry is an as­sis­tant coach with Bel­gium, which fin­ished third in the sum­mer’s World Cup.

He has re­cently been linked with jobs at As­ton Villa and Bordeaux, but in both cases ne­go­ti­a­tions broke down af­ter ini­tial meet­ings. Jardim was at Monaco since 2014 and was un­der con­tract un­til 2020.

The 44-year-old Por­tuguese coach had to cope with the sale of many of the stars of his ti­tlewin­ning squad over the last two sea­sons.

This sum­mer Thomas Le­mar, Joao Moutinho and Fabinho fol­lowed ear­lier de­par­tures Kylian Mbappe, Ben­jamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Valere Ger­main out of the club in lu­cra­tive trans­fers.

Monaco lost their last game 1-0 at home to hum­ble Angers and have not won in Ligue 1 since their open­ing match and have lost both their Cham­pi­ons League group games. Against Angers, the only key mem­bers of the ti­tle-win­ning team to fea­ture were skip­per Radamel Fal­cao and the de­fen­sive trio of Je­mer­son, Kamil Glik and Djib­ril Sidibe.

Mean­while, a sum­mer spend­ing spree headed by the sign­ing of Rus­sian World Cup star Alek­sandr Golovin has not yet pro­duced pos­i­tive results for a club owned by Rus­sian bil­lion­aire Dmitry Ry­bolovlev. “I would like to salute Leonardo with the ut­most re­spect for all the work done,” AS Monaco Vice-Pres­i­dent Vadim Vasi­lyev said in a state­ment. “His brief time will re­main as one of the most beau­ti­ful pages in the his­tory of the club. Leonardo will al­ways be part of the fam­ily of AS Monaco.”

Monaco’s next match, af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break, is on Oc­to­ber 20 away to Stras­bourg in Ligue 1.

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