Thierry Henry moves a step closer to Monaco job as Leonardo Jardim is sacked | Football | Sport
Henry had been the front runner for the Aston Villa job but turned them down and now looks set to replace Jardim at Monaco.
Henry, currently working as Belgium assistant manager, is expected to take his first managerial role with the Ligue 1 side next week.
The France and Arsenal legend played for Monaco between 1994-1999 before joining Juventus.
Monaco have started the season poorly and sit third with just six points from nine games.
They sacked Jardim today after fours, where he won Ligue 1 and took them to the Champions League semi-final, but was forced to sell an incredible array of players including Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho, Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Thomas Lemar.
Vice president Vadim Vasilyev said: “I want to greet with deepest respect Leonardo for all the work done.
“Leonardo has established himself on the bench of AS Monaco as a reference in Europe and leaves behind a very positive balance sheet.
“His passage will remain as one of the most beautiful pages in the history of the club. Leonardo will still be part of the AS Monaco family.”
Jardim said: “I am grateful and proud to have been able to coach AS Monaco for more than four years.
“I have always given the best of myself and worked with passion. We have won great victories together and I will always keep those memories in me.”
Henry now looks set to take charge and leave his post with Belgium.
Roberto Martinez, Belgium manager, has backed him to be a success.
Speaking to L’Equipe, Martínez said: “Thierry is ready to be head coach in a club.
“He likes what he does and enjoying it is an essential part of this job.”
But the former Everton boss warned him to chose his first job carefully.
He added: “You need to start in the right place, secured, where you will not be alone and free to work.
“There must be no misunderstanding with the owner, the president. You will probably only have one shot at it. Your first job cannot be a bet.
“You must feel that you will be able to work in this environment and that you will be supported by the club after three defeats.”