A look at the Jardim era

Jardim (Monaco) face à Nîmes.
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Following the club's worst-ever start to a season with just one win in nine outings, AS Monaco have opted on Tuesday to show Leonardo Jardim - the coach who took them to the 2016-17 Ligue 1 Conforama title - the door.

Sitting in 18th place after nine rounds, with their last win dating back to the opening day of the season, 2016-17 champions AS Monaco have been in free-fall and Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Rennes was evidently the last straw, with the club's directors opting to sack Portuguese coach Leonardo Jardim in a bid to revitalise a floundering campaign.

Jardim, who took over from Claudio Ranieri in 2014, was adept at formulating a style of play based on the players available to him, even when the club's Russian billionaire owner Dimitry Rybolovlev downgraded his initially lavish transfer spending.

Nous pays off

Under Jardim, Monaco's style moved from defensive to ultra-attacking in the season that the principality club claimed its first Ligue 1 Conforama title in 17 years, stunning the French footballing world by breaking Paris Saint-Germain's stranglehold on domestic silverware.

The Portuguese's impressive achievement also saw him recognised with the UNFP Trophy for Coach of the Year in2016-17, and although he managed to take the side to a second-placed finish the following season, the club's policy of selling off its best players each summer seems to have taken its toll this time around.


With likes of Thomas Lemar (Atlético de Madrid), Fabinho (Liverpool FC ) and Keita Baldé (Inter, loan) all leaving the principality in the off-season, the squad has failed to gel in the current campaign - despite the arrival of talents such as Russian World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin and Belgium's Nacer Chadli.

Their only win so far came on the opening day of the season, 3-1 away to Nantes, and since then - in Ligue 1 Conforama and the UEFA Champions League - their best results have been 1-1 draws away to Toulouse and at home to Angers.

Henry in the wings?

The club now has the international break during which to appoint a successor, with France legend and current Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry - who helped the club to the UEFA Champions League final in 2004 - reportedly the front-runner.     

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