Henry given first job as head coach, ap­pointed by strug­gling Ligue 1 club Monaco

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>> MONACO: For­mer Arse­nal star Thierry Henry was yes­ter­day named as Monaco coach, the strug­gling Ligue 1 club an­nounced.

The 41-year-old French World Cup win­ner, who had been work­ing as an as­sis­tant coach for the Bel­gian na­tional team since 2016, signed a three-year con­tract with Monaco through un­til June 2021.

The for­mer striker will be joined by Joao Car­los Val­ado Tral­hao, un­der23 coach at Ben­fica, and Pa­trick Kwame Am­padu, coach at the Arse­nal Academy.

Henry re­placed Leonardo Jardim, who was sacked in mid­week.

Henry knows Monaco well hav­ing grad­u­ated from their youth sys­tem and mak­ing his pro­fes­sional de­but for the Prin­ci­pal­ity 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.

“First of all, I thank AS Monaco for giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to coach the team of this club which is so spe­cial to me,” Henry said. “I am very happy to come back to AS Monaco and ex­tremely de­ter­mined to meet the chal­lenges ahead. I can­not wait to meet the play­ers to start work­ing to­gether.”

Af­ter spend­ing five sea­sons as a player with Monaco, Henry went on to play for Ju­ven­tus, Arse­nal, Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls.

Mean­while, Manch­ester United striker Romelu Lukaku struck twice as Bel­gium main­tained their strong start to the Na­tions League with a bat­tling 2-1 win over Switzer­land.

When Lukaku found the net with an an­gled drive on 58 min­utes, it looked like Roberto Martinez’s men would be giv­ing Henry a win­ning send-off in his fi­nal match.

The World Cup semi-fi­nal­ists took their eye off the ball on 76 min­utes, and the King Bau­doin Sta­dium was stunned when Mario Gavra­novic poked the ball past Thibaut Cour­tois from close range.

But in a busy fi­nal pe­riod that saw the hosts turn the throt­tle Lukaku had his se­cond six min­utes from time.

Bel­gium’s se­cond win of the fledg­ling tour­na­ment keeps them fly­ing high in League A Group 2 fol­low­ing an open­ing 3-0 win in Ice­land.

Bel­gium striker Romelu Lukaku, right, lis­tens to as­sis­tant coach Thierry Henry be­fore the match against Switzer­land.

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