Another of our legends has begun their managerial career, as Thierry Henry takes the vacant manager’s post at Monaco.
Henry, one of the finest players to ever grace our shirt, has signed a 3 year deal to become the new Monaco boss, replacing the sacked Leonardo Jardim, who had great success in the last two to three seasons, but player sales has made life difficult to replicate the form of campaigns past.
Henry is the latest ex-Gunner to become a boss. Patrick Vieira started off at New York City FC in the MLS, but is now Gaffer at Nice in Ligue Un, which sets up the first ever ex-Invincibles tie, with Vieira’s Nice taking on Henry’s Monaco in December.
Henry started his managerial journey at the youth level at his beloved Arsenal, but chose to pursue a career in punditry with Sky Sports rather than commit full time. Le King, as he is affectionately known by us all, was then given a chance to combine his TV work with coaching as Assistant Manager of the Belgium national team, alongside boss Roberto Martinez.
Henry was part of the staff that oversaw a third place finish at the 2018 World Cup - but this Monaco job is his first full-time coaching job. Henry was linked with the Aston Villa job on more than a few occasions, but he has chosen his homeland, and boyhood club, to begin his career as manager.
Henry takes with him Kwame Ampadu, our Under-18’s coach. Ampadu will form part of Henry’s backroom team, but will he be the last of the Arsenal setup to join in on Henry’s adventure in the principality?
It will be interesting to see if Henry can make a success of things at Monaco. The team’s fanbase will swell with Gooners, keen on watching how our hero does in the dugout.