Henry gets Monaco job

The Sunday Independent - - SPORT -

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, his high stan­dards and his com­mit­ment to our colours make his nom­i­na­tion a re­al­ity,” said Monaco’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Vadim Vasi­lyev. Af­ter leav­ing Monaco, Henry had one sea­son at Ju­ven­tus be­fore mov­ing to Arse­nal where he won two English Pre­mier League and two FA Cup ti­tles in eight sea­sons.

He then moved to Barcelona for three sea­sons, win­ning a Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle along the way, and fin­ished his ca­reer at New York Red Bulls.

He scored 51 goals in 123 ap­pear­ances for France and played at four World Cups.

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