Thierry Henry has today been named head coach of Montreal Impact.

Arsenal’s record goalscorer takes charge of the Canadian outfit, having spent four years in MLS with New York Red Bulls.

It’s his second club coaching role coming after an unsuccessful spell at Monaco last season. Appointed in October 2018, he was fired in January 2019, having failed to lift them up the Ligue 1 table.

His record of 4 wins, 5 draws, and 11 defeats, from 20 games in charge saw him dismissed, replaced by Leonardo Jardim who Les Monégasques had sacked before appointing Henry.

Speaking via Impact’s official website, Thierry said, “It’s an honour to coach the Montreal Impact and return to MLS.

“It’s a league I know well, in which I had some very nice moments. To be in Quebec, in Montreal, which has an enormous multicultural heritage, it’s extraordinary.

“I’ve always kept an eye on the club and now I’m here.”

The new MLS season kicks off next year, and his presence there will add some more Arsenal interest to proceedings now that Carlos Vela has run Zlatan out of LA.

Good luck to him.

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Pau
Pau

Wishing him the best. Coaching might be challenging to him but scoring goals was never an issue in his prime with us. Forever a legend.

I'm 14 Again
I'm 14 Again

This is probably best for him as I think it’s his current level. He can go one up after a while

Venga Bus

Monaco was a disaster show

ER1
ER1

In fairness, Monaco were bottom of the league, when he took over. Far from ideal, for a first job as a manager.

Group Captain Mandrake
Group Captain Mandrake

That’s a pretty good summary. They fired their previous coach, sold off players and gave Henry 4 months to turn it around. And to put that on a manager without much experience is odd. What did they expect was going to happen?

thw14
thw14

He used to play for Monaco, don’t you know. Had the club in his veins like.

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

Maybe they were half thinking he’d go f this shit and sub himself on in games. They thought they got mbappe’s replacement.

The Spoon
The Spoon

He didn’t help himself in Monaco, his treatment of youth Players was a bit off from what I heard. Saw an interview where he was clearly unhappy a player hadn’t put his chair in, probably most have seen that. Wanted to be adressed as Mr Henry. I’d love to see him make an outstanding coach, but often is the case great players make terrible coaches. Tony Adams is the same. We all thought he would coach us one day. Maybe this is a better starting point, helped Vieria. And hopefully he’s learnt some lessons from Monaco.

Pepe's left foot
Pepe's left foot

Hi The Spoon, I strongly disagree on that argument. Why is it so abhorrent these days to teach kids to have some discipline and manners these days? Does that make him a terrible coach?

I'm 14 Again
I'm 14 Again

Surely instilling discipline is necessary. The approach to it however, is important. Perhaps Mr Henry screwed up his approach.

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan

Things didn’t go too well in Monaco for him. Hope he does better this time and gain some experiance with good results.

Phil
Phil

Has a Arsenal fan living in Montreal, This news made my day! I couldnt be happier. Hope that Sagna stays in Montreal also

Iroh
Iroh

I know!! I might need to go more matches this season now!

Gabe the Gooner
Gabe the Gooner

Me too! I hope I cross paths with him walking down Sainte-Catherine or something lol

Damon Scheffer
Damon Scheffer

Bacary Sanga also plays for Montreal. Or did last season anyway.

suker4punishment
suker4punishment

All we hear is Bacary Sagna!

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Applause for that one Suker! 🙂

T.A.
T.A.

Good luck to him indeed but I doubt he will ever be a successful manager. It’s often been said that great players rarely understand or have patience for players who are not as talented as they were. And in the case of Henry, that’s the far majority especially in the MLS. Of course there are exceptions like Croyff but Henry was never even patient with his own teammates at Arsenal let alone at Montreal

C.B.
C.B.

Good communicator, bright bloke, good knowledge of the game, must have learnt something from Arsene, he’s got some strong positives.

Agree it’s tough succeeeding as a manager but good luck to him, hope he does it.

Rich
Rich

They want to hope his team talks aren’t as boring as his SkySports punditry…..

Santori
Santori

Not as easy to manage the club as many pundits or fans sniping from the sidelines may wish to think.

We are not just talking about widgets. Its not just tactical selection or buying this player or that.

There is the soft issue of man management involved. Motivating overly paid individuals, getting them to perform to the best of their abilities as a unit and sustaining that effort (Ozil), keeping the hunger and work rate (Pepe) cutting out lapses (sideshowbob)

Not to single out anyone (those are examples) but all our players have been culpable for mistakes. Guendouzi has not been any more secure as a deep lying mid (understandable since he is young) but neither has Torreira and they have both along with any other combination not been able to offer unai anymore dynamic penetration down the spine with our midfield still lacking control going side to side without Xhaka.

Nor has the attack made itself entirely available with ball retention/competition for long balls poor, pressing erratic at best and not sustained through 90 leaving gaps to wide to cover in midfield.

Emery’s tactics of course have also come into question with zonal system guarding set pieces not nuanced enough (Why Torreira ends up marking someone twice his height beggars belief) but also the play out from the back near our box too dogmatic at best if not down right dangerous given Leno’s decision making.

Forward line dropping deep to snuff out passing lines against Leicester last game also an invitation for disaster given our inability to close gaps.

BUT there has also been issues unresolved from the summer at Cback and CM which continue to hamper this team.

So its never one over arching issue that can quickly resolve the under performance of this team.

Mustafi out has not meant a less leaky defense anymore than Xhaka out has not heralded improvements in midfield output.

There are a number of niggling issues that will have to be resolved as mention from :

1) Soft issues, player motivation and meeting performance potential (or not). Pepe hopefully fully fires because a swallow does not a summer make.

2) Squad issues. Capability short falls. Now of course made more complicated by the self inflicted problem of alienating Xhaka and potentially having to hunt for a replacement in january that may not be forthcoming.

3) tactical adjustments in several areas given short falls in at Cback, CM and various relationships as yet not fully in sync.

Until fans understand this, the continued agitation will only continue to further complicate things (with tepid to tetchy atmosphere) or they will continue to wonder why nothing has changed.

At this juncture the board is entirely correct to keep faith in Unai for want of better options.

Of course if things deteriorate further, then action will have to be taken.

But jumping the proverbial gun is otherwise in itself its own (self made) problem.

Goonerest
Goonerest

“He wants his own blog
He wants his own blooooooooog
Santori the waffler
He wants his own blog”
😂

Peter Story Teller
Peter Story Teller

Another essay on Arsenal with very little to do with the subject matter which in this case was Mr Henry’s new appointment to a team other than the one that plays at the Emirates!

GoonerDane
GoonerDane

So what youre saying is the midfield aren’t giving enough dynamic penetration with their passing, but instead still pass it side to side. The attackers aren’t making themselves available for long balls, the press is too erratic and unsustained and were dropping to deep to snuff out passes against Leicester. Our zonal marking at set pieces is not nuanced enough, leaving Torreira marking a player twice his size. And the passing out from the back is too dangerous for Leno.
And yet you still come to the conclusion that “at this juncture the board is entirely correct to keep faith in Unai”?!!
How on earth do you justify that?!

Santori
Santori

https://www.givemesport.com/1517227-the-ten-best-managers-in-world-football-without-a-job-have-been-ranked

Even with his (common) and expected hysteria with Arsenal fans, you have to wonder as well exactly what they expect from a new manager. The board will correctly assess the situation end of Dec (or 6 or so matches on) whether Unai can weather the storm, change current fortunes.

BUT you have to also figure out who is available and can they necessarily deliver better?

Of some of those in the list above :

Mourinho does not strike me as a sensible option. It will be immediate conflict with Sanlehi likely as he will want money to spend but Sanlehi has back loaded on Pepe and Saliba as is. In any case, Mourinho won’t build for long term and may leave a bigger mess 2 or 3 seasons down. Man management may also be an issue

Allegri may be the strongest choice albeit it is questionable if he can adjust to outside Italy. In any case, he will have an eye on a more lucrative prize in Bayern seat vacated at the moment.

Ditto Ralf Ragnick. probably a good pick for us but Bayern a far more attractive proposition. For a start they are in CL and they have a far less toxic environment.

Then there is Blanc. I’ve always thought him an interesting pick for us. BUT he has been out of circuit for some time. Ring rust?

The rest of the bunch, Gracia has had good experience in league but an upgrade to Unai? Maybe/Maybe not.

All things considered, a more tempered approach /watching brief is the correct measure rather than the hasty hysteria prescribed by many simplistic fans who prefer to further complicate the situation.

Grimster
Grimster

Blanc – talented but racist. Not a great fit for us. Maybe more of a Chelsea manager.

iceberg10
iceberg10

Is your real name Josh?

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

“Hello cesc, you ready to head over?”

George
George

Good luck to him. It’s a lovely city and knowing French will help!

Best part is being able to cross the city underground in the winters, which can be brutal.

iceberg10
iceberg10

Ok, who else knows Bojan is actually in Montreal Impact? Bacary Sagna too? Interesting players. Won’t have looked up the team if not for the King’s appointment.

OnlyBeingHonest
OnlyBeingHonest

Wenger was appointed to Fifa Not Montreal, Only 1 King

OnlyBeingHonest
OnlyBeingHonest

Have never been able to look at him the same since the Handball,

Also do remember him saying he’d never join Barce, then joining them a year later,

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-420404/Henry-Ill-join-Barcelona-Ill-leave-Arsenal.html

Couldn’t care less if it goes well for him, He’s an Adebayour who scored more goals, Turncoat.

Roll on the thumbs down haha