Monaco confirm appointment of Thierry Henry and Arsenal coach

Thierry Henry is taking his first role as a manager

Thierry Henry is taking his first role as a manager

After spending five seasons as a player with Monaco, Henry went on to play for Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls.

Monaco's Portuguese coach Leonardo Jardim (L) speaks to Monaco's Russian midfielder Aleksandr Golovin (back) during the French L1 football match between Monaco (ASM) and Nimes (NO) on September 21, 2018, at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco.

The 44-year-old had guided Monaco to the Ligue 1 title just two seasons ago, against all odds over big-spending rivals PSG, and had even overseen a remarkable Champions League run that same season, reaching the semi-finals.

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Henry, who started his career at Monaco and won the Ligue 1 title in 1997, had been serving as an assistant to Roberto Martinez with Belgium and was on the bench for Friday's 2-1 UEFA Nations League victory over Switzerland.

Henry - who will take up his new role on Monday - will be returning to familiar surroundings at Monaco, having begun his professional playing career with the principality side.

"Firstly, I'd like to thank Monaco for giving me this opportunity to coach the team, which is really special for me", he said.

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During Arsenal's search for a new head coach to succeed Arsene Wenger over the summer, Henry's name was consistently linked with the post.

"His knowledge of football, his passion for the game, his high standards and his commitment to our colours make his nomination a reality", Monaco chief executive Vadim Vasilyev said. He can count on our trust and all our support to bring a new dynamic to the team and carry out its mission'.

He scored 51 goals in 123 appearances for France, winning not only the 1998 World Cup but also Euro 2000.

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

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