Thierry Henry is confirmed as the new coach of Monaco

Tanya Simon
October 13, 2018

Monaco's Portuguese coach Leonardo Jardim (L) speaks to Monaco's Russian midfielder Aleksandr Golovin (back) during the French L1 football match between Monaco (ASM) and Nimes (NO) on September 21, 2018, at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco.

However, in many respects, the Monaco role is the ideal starting point from which Henry can begin his career as a manager by building a side in his own image and demonstrating the true impact of his presence at a club which truly needs such a positive influence.

Monaco is now 18th in Ligue 1 with just one win from their opening nine games.

Henry, 41, started out playing for Monaco, making 105 appearances and scoring 20 goals from 1994 to 1999.

Henry knows Monaco well having graduated through the youth system and played for the Principality club between 1993-99.

The Frenchman was confirmed as Leonardo Jardim's replacement on Saturday morning after days of negotiations with his former club.

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Whilst Monaco may not be in the same calibre as those clubs, their run to the semi-finals of the Champions League just two seasons ago and their overcoming of PSG to win their first Ligue 1 title since the 1999/2000 season just two terms ago proved the potential which still exists within the club.

A statement on the club's website read, "AS Monaco announces the appointment of Thierry Henry as coach of the professional team".

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

"His knowledge of football, his passion for the game, his high standards and his commitment to our colours make his nomination a reality", Monaco chief executive Vadim Vasilyev said.

"Thierry is both aware of the task ahead and eager to start his new job".

The former striker will be joined by Joao Carlos Valado Tralhao, under-23 coach at Benfica, and Patrick Kwame Ampadu, coach at Arsenal's academy and father of Chelsea player Ethan Ampadu.

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