Thierry Henry has officially been named as AS Monaco’s new head coach, signing a three-year deal with the Ligue 1 club.
The Monegasque side had been on the lookout for a new boss after sacking Leonardo Jardim on Thursday following a dismal start to the season that has seen the club drop to third from bottom in Ligue 1 and Henry was quickly installed as the favourite for the role.
Those predictions were proven correct on Saturday as the Arsenal legend was announced as Jardim’s successor and the 41-year-old said he was excited to get his managerial career underway in earnest.
“I am very happy to come back to Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges ahead,” Henry said.
“I cannot wait to meet the players to start working together.”
Henry began his professional career with Monaco and helped them to the Ligue 1 crown in 1997, before going on to have a successful career across Europe with Juventus, Arsenal and Barcelona
Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer, Henry played 141 games for Monaco before making the move to Juventus and was quick to place on record his thanks for the opportunity to lead a side that is so close to his heart.
“In the first place, I thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to coach the team of this club which is so special to me,” he enthused.
📄 @ThierryHenry is the new coach of AS Monaco.
— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) October 13, 2018
Meanwhile, Monaco’s chief executive Vadim Vasilyev was equally delighted with the appointment, saying: “His knowledge of football, his passion for the game, his high standards and his commitment to our colors make his nomination a reality.
“Thierry is both aware of the task ahead and eager to start his new job. He can count on our trust and all our support to bring a new dynamic to the team and carry out the mission.”
Henry will be joined at Monaco by Benfica U23 coach Joao Tralhao and Arsenal academy coach Kwame Ampadu, who grew close to Henry during his time with the ‘Gunners’.
Henry faces a significant challenge, taking charge of a side that has claimed just six points from nine games to date in Ligue 1 and lost both of their Champions League fixtures to date.
Having won both the World Cup and European Champions with France during an international career that yielded 123 caps and 51 goals, Henry will certainly have the respect of a young Monaco squad, with the former forward having previously expressed his preference for working with younger players.
A period working as assistant coach to Roberto Martinez with the Belgian national team means Henry does indeed having coaching experience, but he is likely to to be truly be put to the test as he joins the likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in the big wide world of management.