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Thierry Henry appointed as new Monaco head coach

French Ligue one side AS Monaco have appointed their former player Thierry Henry as their new head coach until June 2021.

The former Arsenal striker has been an assistant manager to Roberto Martinez of the Belgium national team, who finished third at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in July.

Henry, 41, began his professional career at Monaco under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger and helped the club win Ligue 1 in 1997 and now rejoins the club as head coach to replace Leonardo Jardim who was sacked on Thursday.

“I am very happy to come back to Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges ahead. I cannot wait to meet the players to start working together,” the Frenchman said as quoted by BBC Sport.

In 1999 Henry joined Italian giants Juventus before reuniting with his former boss Arsene Wenger at Arsenal in the same year. While at Arsenal, he went on to become the club’s record goal-scorer, winning two Premier League titles and two FA Cups.

In 2007, he moved to Barcelona where he won a treble in 2008/2009 (La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League) and later to New York Red Bulls but while there, he returned for a two months loan stint at Arsenal in 2012.

Henry takes over the mantle at Monaco when they have only managed to record one victory this season in all competitions, and are third from bottom of the Ligue 1 table with just six points from nine games.

The 1998 World Cup winner with France and a European Championship in 2000 during which he scored 51 goals in 123 appearances for Les Bleus retired from playing in December 2014 to work as a television pundit, before joining Belgium’s coaching staff in 2016.

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