Monaco have suspened their manager Thierry Henry after just 20 games in charge.
Henry was appointed as the mnager in October 2018 after the departure of his predecessor, Leonardo Jardim – who now looks set to make a shock return to the club. Leonardo Jardim still lives in Monaco and sees the players in the street when he goes to the bakery. He’s the favourite to replace Henry. He had amazing results, winning the league in 2017, before this season when things didn’t go well for the team.
The short statement from the club read: “AS Monaco announces that it has decided to suspend its duties as coach of the first team Thierry Henry from this day and waiting for a final decision.
Franck Passi will train the professional group this Friday.”
The 2017 French champions are in the relegation zone. Henry, who has brought in former team-mate Cesc Fabregas in a bid to avoid trouble, has managed just five wins in all competitions in his three months in charge of the Ligue 1 team. He has been unable to lift the side out of the Ligue 1 relegation zone and they currently sit 19th in the league table, two points from safety.
Henry is yet to win a home league game, with their last match at the Stade Louis II ending in an embarrassing 3-1 French Cup defeat to Ligue 2 side Metz.
Henry had apologised for using foul language to insult Strasbourg defender Kenny Lala during his side’s 5-1 defeat on Saturday.
Henry then threatened on Thursday to leave out numerous first-team players from Monaco’s weekend clash with Dijon, claiming he would only pick players up for the relegation fight.
Henry said in his news conference on Thursday. : “You have to see. There were not too many people in training yesterday. We’ll see today. It’s important to see the reaction at Dijon. We are in a critical situation – unfortunately, that has not changed.
We tightened up the group. At some point, you need guys who want to save the club, who don’t think about themselves. We’re sorting it out. We’re going to war.”
When asked which players would be left out, Henry replied: “You’re going to see the team. There are too many names.”
Two wins in 12 games in the league is clearly not good enough. Henry insulted a Strasbourg player and there were arguments with some of the media.
And maybe the last straw was deciding to drop some of his first-team players into the reserves without mentioning it to the hierarchy at the club and that cost him his job eventually. That wasn’t the way the club wanted him to behave. All that put together meant he would no longer be the manager.
Henry’s assistant Franck Passi – who had spells as caretaker boss of Marseille and Lille – will take training on Friday ahead of the home league match against Toulouse on Saturday February 2.
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