It was expected to Bordeaux at the end of the summer, he arrives finally to Monaco in the autumn. Thierry Henry has been designated this weekend as the new coach of the club of the principality, until 2021, to be the successor to Leonardo Jardim who was sacked this week. After Patrick Vieira, it is a new champion of the world 1998, which attempts the adventure of a coach in Ligue 1 this season. But if his ex-team mate of the team of France and Arsenal joined Nice, a team where he has never played as a footballer, Thierry Henry, himself, operates for a return to the sources.

The ex-attacker of the Blue – record-holder for number of goals in the selection process – began in Monaco there are almost 25 years. It does not have as much shine on the Rock that to the Arsenal. But he can boast of having witnessed one of the periods of the golden club : the one in the second half of the 1990s. He meets for the first time Arsène Wenger – his future coach at the Gunners – and learns the job of the attacker to Sonny Anderson. The season of 1996-1997 revealed to the eyes of planet football. His blazing speed, his athleticism and his composure in front of goal reminiscent of the qualities of Kylian Mbappé today. He won, moreover, as his future illustrious successor in 2017, a title of champion of France 20 years ago before winning the world Cup the following year.

A vocation in fashion

By joining Monaco, Thierry Henry also wants to mark a maximum of the beginning of his career as a head coach, he was one of the assistants of the coach of the Belgium Robert Martinez at the last World. It happens within an institution and a region he knows well, where he made memories and a personality. It was at Monaco that he became an adult and, as to close the loop, it is in this same principality as he began his first experience of a coach. It would also be required with senior management that the recruitment of monaco to come focuses on players older and more experienced. Leonardo Jardim has failed this season, because he has lost a good part of its managers (Moutinho, Fabinho…), and is subject to a recruitment focused on young players. His successor doesn’t want to see the same situation.

Thierry Henry is a new champion of the world to become a coach full. Once their playing career is over, most of them had first married a career as a consultant on the tv shows (Leboeuf, Petit, Lizarazu, Desailly, etc.) or ambassador club (Zidane from 2009 to 2013 to Real Madrid, Trezeguet at Juventus). Only at the departure of Didier Deschamps and Laurent Blanc had tried the adventure as coaches in the 2000s. The other winners in the World at the stade de France took their time, some still hesitate. Now, they will even challenge each other on the bench and the derby in the face of Nice and Patrick Vieira to come is going to throw a big spotlight on the two coaches in place.

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