Henry: 'I went with my heart'
New AS Monaco coach Thierry Henry spoke of his joy at returning to the club where he began his glittering playing career as he was presented to the media on Wednesday.
"Having the opportunity to come back here is extraordinary," Henry declared Wednesday as he was presented to the media at the glitzy Monaco Yacht Club following his signing on as head coach of the struggling club, currently 18th in Ligue 1 Conforama.
"When I received Monaco's offer, I went with my heart," explained Henry, who despite his tenure as assistant coach with the Belgian national team received a number of offers, notably from Girondins de Bordeaux and Aston Villa. "Monaco was the obvious choice for me."
"First of all, I would like to thank the president, the vice-president and the sporting director for giving me the opportunity to come home," said Les Bleus all-time top scorer, who bagged 51 goals in 123 appearances for his country in a glittering career that began at AS Monaco's youth academy back in the 90s and included a run to the Champions League final with principality club in 2004.
Henry also thanks the Belgian Football Federation and Belgium's head coach Roberto Martinez, "who wasn't afraid of what I was". Henry, 41, got his break into the coaching world thank to Martinez, under whom he spent two seasons as assistant coach, helping the tiny nation to a place in the World Cup semis in Russia.
Henry's first test as Monaco coach comes on Saturday as the principality side travel to Strasbourg for their Week 10 Ligue 1 Conforama clash.