According to Sky Sports, Monaco have made contact with the agents of Thierry Henry about becoming their new coach. Reports from France suggest that the club from the principality has held talks with current boss Leonardo Jardim about terminating his contract.
Monaco have endured a terrible start to their Ligue One campaign, winning just one of their nine league matches so far and picking up just six points. The poor run has left the former champions in 18th position and Jardim’s future in doubt.
Jardim has done an excellent job
Firstly, Leonardo Jardim has done an excellent job at Monaco, with his biggest achievement winning the French top-flight title in 2017 against all odds.
However, he has always been fighting a losing battle in the principality, as whenever a player develops into a good prospect they are sold. Then Jardim has to rebuild from scratch, while still keeping the team competitive.
There is only so long you can operate in that way. Jardim has proven in the past that he is a very capable young coach. If as expected, he does leave Monaco in the near future he is sure to be linked with every major job that is vacant.
The Portuguese boss seems to have a bright future in the game. Leaving Monaco could be just what he needs to take his career to the next level.
Henry one of the favourites
Thierry Henry has emerged as one of the favourites to take the reins from Jardim in the near future. However, Henry is also the second favourite to be the next Aston Villa boss at odds of 2/1.
The Frenchman started his playing career at Monaco, so there is little surprise he is mooted as a possible replacement for Jardim. Henry is currently assistant coach to Roberto Martinez with the Belgium national team.
He has expressed his interest in managing in the past and even quit his role as a Sky Sports pundit to concentrate on developing as a coach. Both the Monaco and Villa jobs may appeal to the Arsenal legend.
The glitz and glamour of Monaco may prove slightly more appealing, especially due to Henry aforementioned attachment to Monaco. It appears that the Frenchman has some big decisions to make in the near future.
However, it appears that Henry has major competition for both jobs. Former Chelsea captain John Terry is the favourite to take over at Aston Villa after he recently called time on his playing career. Meanwhile, reportedly Monaco are also interested in talking to former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri. The veteran Italian left Nantes in the summer after just one season in charge.
Ranieri has previously managed Monaco. In fact, he won promotion back into Ligue One with the club before finishing runners-up in the French top-flight. Reportedly, Ranieri would be interested in the job, if it became available.
Man in-demand despite the lack of experience
It seems inevitable that Henry will go into management at some point. How near in the future that could be is unclear though. His high profile as a player will no doubt help the former Arsenal striker land a big job, despite a lack of coaching experience.
Henry’s only coaching experience has come as Martinez’s assistant coach. We all know that top footballers do not always make top bosses. However, the Frenchman is intelligent and obviously knows the game inside and out.
His time as a Sky Sports pundit illustrated his football knowledge and that he has a good grasp of tactics. Only time will tell if that knowledge will translate to him becoming a good boss.
It seems that Henry may well move into management in the near future. It will be highly interesting to see if the Frenchman is a success, whether that is in Monaco, the Midlands or even somewhere else.
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