Former Arsenal Player,Thierry Henry has signed a three-year deal to become Ligue 1 club Monaco’s head coach.
After two years as Roberto Martinez’s assistant with the Belgium national side, he has now been tasked with reviving a team who only two seasons ago won the league and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Having started his playing days with Monaco,he will replaces Leonardo Jardim, who was dismissed on Thursday after six points from their opening nine matches left them languishing 18th in Ligue 1.
He started his career at Monaco in 1994 under former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, before joining Juventus in 1999. After just one year in Italy, he signed for the Gunners and went on to win two Premier League titles and two FA Cups in eight years in north London.
Then came a move to Barcelona, where he won the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League in 2008-09. In 2010 he signed for Major League Soccer side Red Bulls, where he spent five seasons and also had a two-month loan spell back at Arsenal in early 2012.
‘I want to thank Monaco for giving me the opportunity to coach the club that so special to me,’ he told the club’s official website.
‘I am very happy to come back to Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges ahead. I cannot wait to meet the players and start working together.’
Henry was a World Cup winner with France in 1998 and won the European Championship two years later, scoring 51 goals in 123 appearances for Les Bleus. He retired as a player in December 2014 to work as a television pundit, before joining Belgium’s coaching staff in 2016.
Vadim Vasilyev, Monaco’s vice-president and chief executive officer, added: ‘His knowledge of football, his passion for the game, his high standards and his commitment to our colours make his appointment 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 its mission.’