Henry gets Monaco job
PARIS: Former France striker Thierry Henry was given his first head coaching role when AS Monaco appointed him on a three-year deal to replace the sacked Leonardo Jardim, the Ligue 1 club announced yesterday.
Henry, who started out playing for Monaco and went on to enjoy a stellar club career with Arsenal and Barcelona, has been working as assistant coach for the Belgian national team since 2016 but has never been in charge of a team in his own right.
Henry, 41, played for Monaco for five seasons, winning a league title with them in 1997. “I thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to coach the team of this club which is so special to me,” said Henry, who had previously been linked with Girondins Bordeaux and English side Aston Villa.
AS Monaco, last season’s runners-up, are 18th in the 20-team Ligue 1 table after winning just one of their first nine games. They have also lost their opening two games in the Champions League.
But Jardim, who was sacked on Thursday, will still be a hard act to follow as Monaco never finished lower than third during his four-year spell in charge and won Ligue 1 in 2016-17 when they also reached the Champions League semi-finals.
“Henry’s knowledge of football, his passion for the game and high standards make his nomination a reality,” said Monaco’s chief executive Vadim Vasilyev. . Reuters