‘#He’sComingHome’: Thierry Henry confirmed as new Monaco boss as he takes first managerial steps with three-year deal at boyhood club
- Thierry Henry has been confirmed as the new manager of former club Monaco
- He graduated from the French club’s academy to play 141 games for them
- Monaco sacked manager Leonardo Jardim on Thursday after a run of poor form
- Henry was in the dugout for Belgium’s win over Switzerland on Friday evening
- He will now leave his role as assistant manager to head coach Roberto Martinez
Thierry Henry has been confirmed as the new Monaco boss as he takes his first steps into management at his former club.
The French side sacked manager Leonardo Jardim on Thursday and Henry, who rebuffed an advance from Aston Villa, will now leave his role as assistant manager to Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez.
He was confirmed as the club’s new manager on Twitter on Saturday morning with Monaco posting a photo of him in the early stages of his playing career with the messages ‘#He’sComingHome’ and ‘#ForeverMonaco’.
Jardim had led Monaco to the French title in 2017 but last year’s Ligue 1 runners-up have struggled this season. They currently sit 18th in the table having picked up only one win in all competitions.
The former Arsenal striker has a strong link with the principality side. He graduated from Monaco’s academy to play 141 games for the club, winning the Ligue 1 title in 1996-97.
In a club statement, Henry said: ‘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.
‘I am very happy to come back to AS Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges ahead. I can not wait to meet the players to start working together.’
Henry also posted a heartfelt message on Instagram. He added: ‘I was fortunate to receive some very attractive offers over the last few months but Monaco will also be close to my heart.
‘Having started my footballing career with this great club, it seems like fate that I will now begin my managerial career here too.’
Vadim Vasilyev, Monaco’s chief executive, added: ‘His knowledge of football, his passion for the game, his high standards and his commitment to our colours 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 now turn his attention to forming his coaching staff and it has been announced he will be joined by Joao Tralhao, the Benfica Under-23 coach, and Patrick Kwame Ampadu, coach at the Arsenal academy.
Long-serving youth coach Ampadu, father of Chelsea starlet Ethan, became close with Henry during their time working together at the Emirates.