Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer, Thierry Henry, has been named as the new head coach of Monaco.
The 41 year old returns to his former club having signed a three year deal, and follows in the footsteps of his great manager and mentor Arsene Wenger who was the man who gave him his debut as 17 year old in the principality.
Henry had been assistant to Roberto Martinez in the Belgian set-up, and had spent time as a youth level coach at Arsenal. He was offered a full-time position by Wenger, but when asked to choose between that job and his punditry work with Sky Sports he chose the latter.
In a statement via their official website, he said of his new position, “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 is joined at Monaco by former Arsenal player and U18s head coach Kwame Ampadu, and faces a difficult task to rejuvenate a team that has won just one of its nine Ligue 1 games this season, a run which saw Leonardo Jardim sacked last week.
In mitigation, their transfer policy has seen a host of top class talents, including Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar, leave the club it was always going to be a struggle, but one would assume Henry has had some assurances over his ability to invest in the squad.
Arsenal fans will look on in interest at how he fares. Henry has a close relationship with Josh Kroenke, and his long association with us has seen him mooted as a possible manager in the future.
Good luck to him.