Current Association Sportive de Monaco Football Club Coach Thierry Henry, that’s AS Monaco to you and I, has had an extremely difficult start to life as a head coach, the Arsenal legend was recently appointed at the French club to take over from Leonardo Jardim, the mastermind behind the title winning monaco of season 2016-2017, where a big percentage of the team were sold off for as near as makes no difference half a billion during the summer. Subsequently Jardim was tasked with another rebuilding job for the 2017-2018 season, taking advantage of their now well documented economic model of looking at player development processes instead of massive investment.
The question we ask is how is that going for the former Sky Sports Pundit?
Following his recent Le Classique loss, questions were asked “Thierry came here for the long term, not the short term,” said the Vice-president Vadim Vasilyev. “He’s not a firefighter. Otherwise, we should have gone for another profile as coach.”
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Thierry Henry bags his first victory in charge of Monaco with a 1-0 win at Caen 🙌 pic.twitter.com/DBYOL2kSb9
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Henry has had to deal with further problems from the outset, an almost unthinkable injury list of 17 players adds to the headache, it has been observed that Henry has ideas of his own and has a relentless determination to implement them to his tactical approach, irrelevant to the situation at the time. Performance levels from newly recruited youngsters have not met expectations and the group have suffered endless levels of misfortune to compound their already difficult circumstances.
Behind the scenes there is also questions being asked, their billionaire owner is currently investigation for speculation of fake illegal contracts in order to funnel in illegal funding, the aim to bypass financial fair play rules.
Whether this is adding to the teams performance problem however remains to be seen.
So the Frenchman remains inexperienced in the role he hold and is unable to draw on personal experience, as nothing vaguely resembles the relegation scrap that the former champions are finding themselves in. It’s clear that any developing players at the club looking to make a name for themselves are in the right place, so the question remains is that can Henry’s calm and charismatic approach to life inspire a decimated and miserable Monaco side?