sports: Arsenal legend Thierry Henry confirmed as new Monaco head coach
HE'S BACK Arsenal legend Thierry Henry confirmed as new Monaco head coach to succeed Leonardo Jardim
The former forward started his playing career with the principality club, and is now taking his first steps into management
Thierry Henry has been appointed Monaco’s new head coach to succeed Leonardo Jardim, the Ligue 1 club have confirmed.
Henry, the former Arsenal and France forward, returns to the club with whom he started his playing career 24 years ago after Jardim was dismissed from his position on Thursday.
Henry has been working as assistant coach to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez since August 2016, and was previously linked with both the Bordeaux and Aston Villa jobs.
Henry has signed a deal until June 2021 and said on Monaco’s website: “I am very happy to come back to Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges ahead.”
Henry played 141 times for Monaco between 1994 and 1999, when he left for an ill-fated spell with Juventus.
Just seven months later Henry was on the move again, reuniting with his former Monaco manager Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
It was with the Gunners that Henry established himself a true great of the game, scoring a remarkable 226 times in just eight seasons to win six trophies and become the club’s all-time leading goal
He left north London in the summer of 2007 for Barcelona, spending three years in Catalonia and being part of Pep Guardiola’s excellent side that won six trophies in 2009, before joining MLS side New York Red Bulls in 2010.
Henry saw out his career in the United States, playing five seasons with the Red Bulls, though he enjoyed a return to Arsenal in 2011/12, scoring twice more to take his tally for the Gunners to 228 goals.
He retired in 2014 with a career total 360 goals in 792 matches at club level, and 51 in 123 for France. He won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with Les Bleus.