Henry given first job as head coach by Monaco

Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry

Former Arsenal and FC Barcelona striker Thierry Henry has landed his first head coach role at one of France's biggest teams.

With some hard work to do in his first managerial job, Henry - who was an assistant coach to Roberto Martinez with the Belgium national team - will be looking to strengthen his playing squad over the coming months and it would be no surprise if he were to look at the Arsenal squad for new recruits. He commits himself for three seasons, until June 2021. He was sacked on Thursday after a string of poor results left Monaco in the relegation places.

Henry will be assisted by Patrick Kwame Ampadu who was previously Arsenal's U18 coach.

He notably scored seven goals in the 1997-8 Champions League as the Monaco team of the time, then coached by Arsene Wenger, reached the semi-finals, where they lost to Juventus.

"I am very happy to return to the club and I will fulfil the challenges that await".

While at Arsenal, he was the Premier League's top scorer for four seasons and has been tipped as a future manager of the London club.

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Henry was a World Cup victor with France in 1998 and won the European Championship two years later, scoring 51 goals in 123 appearances for Les Bleus.

Henry was with Belgium on Friday as they beat Switzerland 2-1 in the Nations League.

"I want to thank Monaco for giving me the opportunity to coach a club that is so special to me", he told the club's official website.

Vadim Vasilyev, Monaco's vice-president and chief executive officer, added: "His knowledge of football, his passion for the game, his high standards and his commitment to our colours make his appointment a reality".

The news that Thierry Henry would not be succeeding Steve Bruce as the next Aston Villa manager seemed to be a case of a blessing in disguise, and indeed a dodged bullet, for both Henry and Villa.

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