Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Monaco appoint former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry as head coach

Monaco appoint former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry as head coach

His first game in charge for Monaco is a visit to Strasbourg in Ligue 1 next Saturday night, before a meeting with Club Brugge in the Champions League four days later.

The 44-year-old had guided Monaco to the Ligue 1 title just two seasons ago, against all odds over big-spending rivals PSG, and had even overseen a remarkable Champions League run that same season, reaching the semi-finals.

Henry's backroom team will comprise of Kwame Ampadu, father of Chelsea star Ethan Ampadu, who worked with Henry during their time coaching together at Arsenal's academy, as well as Benfica Under-23 coach Joao Carlos Valado Tralhao.

Henry will make his first steps into management, after a reported switch to Bordeaux over the summer never materialised.

Henry has signed a deal until June 2021 and said on Monaco's website: "I am very happy to come back to Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges ahead".

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He started his career at Monaco in 1994 under former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, before joining Juventus in 1999. I cannot wait to meet the players to start working together'.

The 41-year-old French World Cup victor, who had been working as an assistant coach for the Belgian national team since 2016, signed a contract with Monaco through until June 2021.

'Having started my footballing career with this great Club, it seems like fate that I will now begin my managerial career here too'.

"Firstly, I'd like to thank Monaco for giving me this opportunity to coach the team, which is really special for me", he said. He can count on our trust and all our support to bring a new dynamic to the team and carry out the mission'.

The former Arsenal and France forward was linked with the Aston Villa job following Steve Bruce's sacking last week, but that job eventually went to Dean Smith.

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