French club AS Monaco presented former France and Arsenal footballer and legend Thierry Henry as its new head coach.

Former manager Leonardo Jardim had a string of poor results with the Ligue 1 club following which, he was shown the door to be replaced by the former striker. Henry played for AS Monaco in his early footballing years, it could not have been written any better for the Frenchman, to start his club coaching role from the same club.

As an AS Monaco player, Henry netted 28 times in 114 matches, guiding his team to claim the Ligue 1 title in 1997.

“There is a lot of work to be done, but there is no stress,” Henry said during his presentation, adding that Monaco “has a place in my own heart.”

The Frenchman also thanked Jardim for his work.

Henry, a World Cup champion in 1998, would be assisted by the coaching staff, which includes Joao Carlos Valado Tralhao, coach of Benfica’s Under-23 squad, and Patrick Kwame Ampadu, coach of the Arsenal Academy.

Previously in charge, Jardim, 44, was the coach of Monaco from the summer of 2014 and had a contract until 2020.

The Portuguese coach led the team to win the Ligue 1 title in his third season in 2017, when he also reached the UEFA Champions League semi-final.

Jardim’s last win in 2018 with Monaco was on August 11 against Nantes, while the club endured three draws and five defeats in the first nine matches of the French league, including a 1-2 home fall to Rennes on October 7.

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