Former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry finds himself facing the sack after 20 games at AS Monaco, with the Ligue 1 outfit languishing at 19th place in the relegation zone. The club announced on Thursday that Henry will be suspended from the team and is awaiting a final decision to be made on his future, but this may just be the standard procedure before announcing a replacement.
Henry has been in the hot seat at the Ligue 1 side with poor results since he took over from Leonardo Jardim in October in his debut role as manager.
The club has gone four games without winning in all competitions, and have failed to secure a win in the past five league games.
The club stated that it had decided to suspend Henry’s duties as coach of the first team with Franck Passi, previously caretaker manager of Marseille and Lille, assuming the training of the professional group this Friday.
Henry is still awaiting the final decision regarding his career in Ligue 1.
The 41-year-old was arguably amongst his generation’s best players. He’s the all-time leading goalscorer for France and Arsenal, and a World Cup winner.
Henry started his career at Monaco and returned there as manager after impressing as an attacking coach during the country’s impressive route to the 2018 World Cup Semi-Finals.
“Over the last four years I have had some extremely rewarding coaching experiences in football. These experiences have only made me more determined to fulfil my long term ambition to become a football manager,” Henry wrote on Twitter this summer.
Henry debuted for Monaco at the young age of 17, and turned up for his country at 20. The very next year during the 1998 FIFA World Cup he scored three goals during the tournament as Les Bleus went on to be World Champions.
His legacy at Arsenal will forever remain legendary. With 369 appearances and 226 goals over eight seasons, he starred in the formidable “Invincibles” team that won the league unbeaten in 2004. Henry went on to win 6 trophies during his stay at The Gunners.
Moving on to Barcelona in 2007 for three seasons, Henry helped fire the Spanish outfit to two La Liga titles, one Champions League trophy and a FIFA Club World Cup win. He collected seven trophies during his time in Spain.
Henry wound down his career with the New York Red Bulls before retiring in 2014. Perhaps it is time he worked his way up the managerial ladder with coaching stints and playing assistant before deciding to helm the next team. No doubt a gifted player, the jury is still out on his ability to coach and manage an entire team.