Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Monaco confirm appointment of Thierry Henry and Arsenal coach

Monaco confirm appointment of Thierry Henry and Arsenal coach

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has been appointed head coach of French football club Monaco until June 2021.

Indeed, Henry's task is a hard one as he is charged with turning around the form of a side which have picked up only six points from nine Ligue 1 matches this season.

While speaking to media on his appointment as Monaco boss, Henry said, "In the first place, I thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to coach the team of this club which is so special to me".

Monaco are having a tough start to the season.

Jardim had led Monaco to the French title in 2017 but last year's Ligue 1 runners-up have struggled this season, sitting 18th and with only one win in all competitions.

What followed was a succession of departures from the Ligue 1 side, as Monaco facilitated a raft of big money sales of Jardim's star players.

But the 41-year-old has made a decision to return to the club he first played at as a professional.

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Henry was more recently part of the backroom staff in Belgium's run to the semi-finals of the World Cup, where they finished third ahead of England.

In 2010 he signed for Major League Soccer side Red Bulls, where he spent five seasons and also had a two-month loan spell back at Arsenal in early 2012.

Henry became the latest member of the France squad that won the 1998 World Cup to fully embrace a coaching career, following Laurent Blanc, Didier Deschamps, Patrick Vieira, and Zinedine Zidane among others.

Henry was involved in the Belgium national team's coaching set-up.

Thierry Henry is planning to poach Arsenal Under 18 coach Kwame Ampadu as the Frenchman prepares to become Monaco manager.

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".

The news that Thierry Henry would not be succeeding Steve Bruce as the next Aston Villa manager seemed to be a case of a blessing in disguise, and indeed a dodged bullet, for both Henry and Villa.

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