Thierry Henry has been appointed the head coach of French Ligue 1 side Monaco the club have announced on Saturday.
Henry a former player with France and Arsenal will take over the reigns from Leonardo Jardim who fell out favour and was sacked by the club on Thursday. Henry actually started his footballing career at Monaco, he has been working as assistant coach to Roberto Martinez at Belgium for the last few seasons. Henry has signed a deal until 2021 with the club and said on the clubs website he is looking forward to taking up the job he said “I am very happy to come back to Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges ahead.”
Monaco have struggled this season and currently lie in 18th in the Ligue 1 table. They won it last season so on that evidence they had no other option but to bring in a fresh face. It will be Henry’s first step into management in terms of acting as a head coach. He was rumored to take over Bordeaux in the summer but that obviously didn’t materialise. Henry continued further on the club website “In the first place, I thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to coach the team of this club so special to me,” It is expected that the French man who us Irish fans will all remember for that famous handball will have Benfica’s U23 coach Valado Tralhao and Patrick Kwame Ampadu as his assistant. Ampadu has been working at Arsenal’s Academy.
The Monaco vice president/ chief executive officer is also confident that the role will suit Henry and that he has every confidence in him to succeed. He said “His knowledge of football, his passion for the game, his high standards and his commitment to our colours make his nomination a reality,” “Thierry is both aware of the task ahead and eager to start his new job. He can count on our trust and all our support to bring a new dynamic to the team and carry out its mission.”
Henry is due to take up the new role on Monday.