Monaco part ways with Henry

AS Monaco announces the return of Leonardo Jardim to the position of AS Monaco manager.

The former France striker was initially suspended but his permanent departure has now been confirmed by the principality. Monaco have confirmed the sacking of manager Thierry Henry after just 20 games in charge of the relegation-threatened Ligue 1 club.

The former France and Arsenal legend was earlier this week suspended but his permanent departure has now been confirmed.

Leonardo Jardim, who was sacked by the club in October, has taken over and signed a two-and-a-half-year contract.

Henry has struggled to secure consistent results in what is his first managerial role, he managed a paltry 5 wins in 20 games in all competitions.

A statement from club Vice president Vadim Vasilyev read “Thierry Henry is a football legend but due to a very unfavorable mix of circumstances, including, above all, numerous injuries to our players, hampered him from quickly and effectively leading the team out of the crisis”

“I want to express my gratitude to Thierry Henry for accepting this challenge and trying to lead the team of his former club during such a difficult period.”

Monaco are without a win in four matches in all competitions and haven’t won in five in the league, stretching back to the start of last month.

Last weekend they were thrashed 5-1 at home to Strasbourg, a result that left the principality side 19th in Ligue 1 and three points from safety.

In the wake of that defeat, Henry was criticised for comments made toward Strasbourg defender Kenny Lala, relating to the player’s grandmother,for which he later apologised.

Three days later Monaco were knocked out of the French Cup after a shock 3-1 home defeat to Ligue 2 side Metz, a result that appears to have sealed Henry’s fate.

Speaking about Jardim, the statement also read “We approached Leonardo Jardim with a proposal to return to AS Monaco, where he had already achieved excellent results over the course of four seasons. We have signed a contract for two and a half years,”

“The mistakes made during the summer transfer window were taken into account, and this winter we have worked more thoroughly to strengthen the team. We have worked hard, and, as you are aware, new players have already joined us. The winter transfer window is not over yet and further new signings should not be ruled out”. 

“We hope that it is not too late to address the situation. We do believe that our players will gain momentum and that, together with Leonardo Jardim as the manager, ASM will be able to overcome this crisis”.

Vasilyev admitted that the club’s decision to sack Jardim, who won the 2016-17 Ligue 1 title with Monaco, was premature.

Franck Passi took Monaco training on Friday morning and will take temporary charge for the team’s crucial Ligue 1 clash against Dijon on Saturday.

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