Thierry Henry suspended as Monaco coach

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Monaco dismissed Thierry Henry from his first managerial role on Thursday with the club second from bottom in Ligue 1

The Arsenal legend, Henry, who was suspended as head coach had this to say yesterday: “It is with great sadness that I part company with AS Monaco.

“Despite the struggles and difficulties that we encountered along my short journey, I have still thoroughly enjoyed my time at this wonderful club. My ambition and philosophy from the day I joined will always be that the club comes first.

“I strongly believe in this squad of players and that the team with all the recent new signings is now in a better shape to tackle the second part of the season and to go on a winning run and fulfil its full potential.”

In a statement outlining the re-appointment of Jardim, 44, the club’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said sacking him in October was “premature”.

Leonardo Jardim

“Leonardo should have had an opportunity to continue,” he said.

“We have to acknowledge that during the summer transfer window, we sold too many key players and, despite considerable investments, mistakes were made with respect to their replacements.

“This did not allow us to create a new, competitive team. The decision to dismiss Leonardo Jardim was also premature.

“Thierry Henry is a football legend but a very unfavourable mix of circumstances, including, above all, numerous injuries to our players, hampered him from quickly and effectively leading the team out of the crisis.

“We believe our players will gain momentum and that, together with Leonardo Jardim as the manager, Monaco will be able to overcome this crisis.”

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