Laurent Blanc hails 'courageous ' Henry
Former Bordeaux, France and PSG coach Laurent Blanc has wished fellow World Cup winner Thierry Henry all the best as he begins his career as a head coach at struggling AS Monaco.
With news of France's all-time top scorer Thierry Henry's signing on as head coach at AS Monaco dominating headlines, former France teammate and decorated coach Laurent Blanc has spoken out in support of the man now charged with taking the principality club out of the drop zone.
"It's great for him," declared Blanc. "He wanted to get into this job; he wanted to break into the field. And he has chosen exactly the right place, a club he knows well. And it's in the French league too, which is noteworthy. It has been quite a while since he was last involved in football in France. He will certainly bring ideas with him; he's young, he's experienced and he has a knowledge of football that will certainly help him."
'It won't be easy'
However, Blanc, who himself has been without a club since he was replaced by Unai Emery two-and-a-half seasons ago - fresh from winning a second consecutive domestic quadruple - also had some words on the rougher side of the job.
"It won't be easy for him but nothing in life is easy," said Blanc of the task that lies ahead of Henry, whose side have won just once - back on the opening day of the league campaign - in 12 matches in all competitions this season. "Wanting to do the job is in itself a huge thing - a lot of people talk about football but few are capable of becoming a coach. Just for that, I find his decision extremely courageous. I wish him all the very best, but he doesn't need any advice from me. He's a big boy!"
Henry's first test at the helm of the principality club comes on Saturday as Monaco travel to Strasbourg for their Week 10 Ligue 1 Conforama clash.