The former French striker took the reins of the whole of the club with the purpose of saving it from the relegation zone
The legendary French striker Thierry Henry, 41, took the reigns of AS Monaco on October 13 and this Saturday, October 20, he debuted against Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace. Henry has shown his commitment for the next three seasons, until June 2021, according to a statement issued by the club.
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The former France national team striker will command a coaching staff that also includes Joao Carlos Valado Tralhao, who led the Benfica U23, and Patrick Kwame Ampadu, coach of the Arsenal Academy of England, according to Fox Sports.
We must remember that the 'Titi' was a player with Monaco in 1997 when the team won the league. Henry was part of the club between 1993 and 1999 before starting a successful period at Juventus in Italy. As a player he participated in 141 games and scored 28 goals. "I am both happy to return to Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges that await us," said the player in the official statement presented by the team.
An important piece of information was revealed by L'Equipe, who indicated this week that Henry's arrival would change the club's policies. One of them is that the team would stop selling its best players and, on the contrary, be more demanding when it comes to signing up players. On the other hand, the general director of the club, Vadim Vasilyev praised Henry for his knowledge about football and the connection with his colors.
What was happening with the club?
ESPN confirmed that the Monegasque club made the decision official through a statement on its web portal, thus ending the contract between the team and Leonardo Jardim, which was supposed to last until 2020 after the Portuguese coach arrived in 2014. Jardim had a successful stage in 2016, winning the league champion and reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
The drop that spilled the glass occurred in the last date of the Ligue 1, in which the club lost to Rennes being local. That was the fourth consecutive loose and only with a victory in nine dates, before the Nantes, ESPN remembers. Currently the team fight for not going down after being runner-up last season and champion two years ago, as already mentioned.
Regarding the international competition, in this case, the Champions League, the march was not positive either, as it had lost its two disputed commitments, against Atlético de Madrid at home and Borussia Dortmund as a visitor, which was enough for the billionaire Russian Dimitri Rybolovlev will take the drastic decision.
The same television channel added that Jardim responded perfectly to the club's policy, which was none other than signing young promises, developing them and then selling them for profit. "I am grateful and proud to have trained Monaco. I have always given the best and I have worked with passion. We have achieved important triumphs and I will always have those good memories with me, " said the technician in the statement.
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Henry the only candidate against dismantling
The former French footballer's experience as a coach was only linked to his position as assistant to Roberto Martínez in the Belgium National Team, but the general idea is that he is ready to take on any challenge as a principal strategist, mainly in a club. EsBesoccer collects some statements in which Martinez himself says "is ready to run a club."
Not all the responsibility can be attributed to former coach Leonardo Jardim, who apparently disagreed with several of the club's sales two years ago and after crowning an extraordinary campaign, something that may not happen with Henry, who is already it was mentioned has other management policies.
Goal.com remembers that important names like Kylian Mbappé, Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy, Fabinho, Cedric Bakayoko, and Thomas Lemar, affected the club considerably, since it lacked depth in its bank, did not sign relevant players and placed its hopes in Jemerson, midfielder Joao Moutinho, forward Radamel Falcao and the experience of Polish Glik, which clearly did not work.
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