Thierry Henry appointed Monaco boss: Arsenal legend speaks out on new role

Thierry Henry

A matter of days after being ruled out of the running for the job at Villa Park, it emerged that Henry was in "extremely advanced" talks with Monaco over their top post, following the sacking of Leonardo Jardim.

After two years as Roberto Martinez's assistant with the Belgium national side, he has now been tasked with reviving a team who only two seasons ago won the league and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

'Having started my footballing career with this great Club, it seems like fate that I will now begin my managerial career here too'.

According to various news outlets across Europe, Henry will take over from Leonardo Jardim who was sacked earlier this week following a dismal start to the season - only one win in their first nine matches.

The new role as manager of AS Monaco is a homecoming for Henry as he started professional football career with them in 1994.

Not only is the potential for Henry to inject Monaco with the kind of youthful hunger and vibrancy which is required to reboot Monaco a great boost for the club but, if successful, Henry's restoration project with the club may elevate his coaching reputation to the summit of Europe.

Henry scored 51 goals in 123 appearances for France, winning not only the 1998 World Cup but also Euro 2000.

He retired as a player in December 2014 to work as a television pundit, before joining Belgium's coaching staff in 2016.

"(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.

The former striker will be joined by Joao Carlos Valado Tralhao, under-23 coach at Benfica, and Patrick Kwame Ampadu, coach at the Arsenal Academy. He can count on our trust and all our support to bring a new dynamic to the team and carry out its mission'.

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