Henry given first job as head coach by Monaco

Henry given first job as head coach by Monaco

Henry given first job as head coach by Monaco

"It is with great pride that I am delighted to announce that I have accepted the position to become the manager of AS Monaco FC", Henry wrote in a post on his Twitter account.

A matter of days after being ruled out of the running for the job at Villa Park, it emerged that Henry was in "extremely advanced" talks with Monaco over their top post, following the sacking of Leonardo Jardim.

The 41-year-old French World Cup victor, who had been working as an assistant coach for the Belgian national team, signed a contract through until June 2021. Having started my footballing career with this great club, it seems like fate that I will now begin my managerial career here too.

Henry's first match will be against Strasbourg.

The new role as manager of AS Monaco is a homecoming for Henry as he started professional football career with them in 1994.

After just one year in Italy, he signed for the Gunners and went on to win two Premier League titles and two FA Cups in eight years in north London.

Henry is also his France's leading scorer with 51 goals and won the World Cup in 1998 and European Championship in 2000 with Les Bleus.

"In the first place, I thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to coach the team of this club so special to me".

The Frenchman was part of the Belgium team that won bronze medal at this summer's FIFA World Cup staged in Russian Federation few months back.

The former striker will be joined by Joao Carlos Valado Tralhao, under-23 coach at Benfica, and Patrick Kwame Ampadu, coach at Arsenal's academy and father of Chelsea player Ethan Ampadu.

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev added: "Thierry is both aware of the task ahead and eager to start his new job".

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