Monaco announce Henry appointment
Thierry Henry, a product of the AS Monaco youth academy, has been announced as the principality club's new coach following the sacking of Leonardo Jardim on Wednesday.
Thierry Henry has opted to begin his senior coaching career in Ligue 1 Conforama. AS Monaco announced on Saturday that the France legend has signed on to helm the principality club for three seasons through to 2021 following the sacking of Portuguese Leonardo earlier in the week.
The club has divulged that Henry will "begin working with the squad on Monday" and that he will be "accompanied by former Benfica U23 coach Joao Carlos Valado Tralhao and former Arsenal youth academy coach Patrick Kwame Ampadu. Thierry Henry declared himself "both happy to return to AS Monaco and extremely determined to succeed in the challenges that await".
Disciple of Wenger and Guardiola
Henry's return to Monaco comes 20 years after his final Ligue 1 Conforama match, away to RC Lens (1-1 on 16 January, 1999). The former Gunner has held coaching qualifications since 2016 and, like Didier Deschamps before him, will begin his career as a head coach with the principality club.
In a storied career, Henry played under Arsène Wenger and Pep Guardiola before setting out on the coaching path as assistant to Blegium's head coach Roberto Martinez. He is the fourth member of France's 1998 World Cup-winning squad to turn his hand to coaching in Ligue 1 Conforama, following in the footsteps of Didier Deschamps, Laurent Blanc and Patrick Vieira, who has been at the helm at OGC Nice since the beginning of the season.
A die-hard fan of the game, Henry is also "a real perfectionist" according to Gérard Houllier, who coached the elegant striker when he was a France youth international. "Thierry likes things to be done properly and impeccably. He doesn't do half-measures; he always has the drive to reach perfection."
In the AS Monaco squad, France's all-time top scorer (51 goals) finds Youri Tielemans and Nacer Chadli, two faces familiar from his time working with the Belgian national team on their run to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia this summer.
For his first match in charge of AS Monaco, who currently sit 18th on the Ligue 1 Conforama table, Henry will travel to RC Strasbourg Alsace (ninth) for their Week 10 clash.