Thierry Henry is no longer the coach of Monaco. The Principality club announced this Thursday, at around 7:00 pm, that it had decided to remove the 41-year-old French footballer from the bench in a precautionary manner after only three months in charge of the first team, the penultimate of the French league. "AS Monaco announces that they have decided to suspend Thierry Henry from his position as coach of the first team starting today," it can be read in an official statement. Former Barça striker, between 2007 and 2010, will be temporarily replaced by his exadjunto Franck Passi, ex-adviser also Marcelo Bielsa when the Argentine coach trained at Marseille, between 2014 and 2015.
At the helm of Monaco, the club's debut as a professional footballer in 1994, Henry began his career as head coach. The former French international, world champion with the team captained by Didier Deschamps in 1998, had become a coach of the first club team of the Principality on October 13, a little over three months ago. He then replaced Portuguese Leonardo Jardim on the bench, separated from his position after a series of poor results in the first section of the league course that placed the current vice champion of France in relegation places. Before he was appointed by Russian President Dmitri Rybolovlev, Henry was the head coach of the Belgium national team, led by Spanish Roberto Martinez and recent third-ranked Russian World Cup last summer.
Called to reverse the sporting situation of Monaco, Henry was unable in his three months of mandate to improve the results, with a balance of four wins, five draws and eleven defeats in twenty games played, despite having the reinforcement of the Catalan Cesc Fabregas, traded by Chelsea in the winter market. On Tuesday, Monaco was eliminated from the French Cup after losing 1-3 in the round of 32 against Metz, a second-tier club. A humiliation at home that caused his dismissal as a coach before his probable dismissal.