Thierry Henry's leadership is not the best start. The former Arsenal legend took over in October, the top league of the French AS AS in France, after the former coach Leonardo Jardim was fired. Henry's job was straightforward, if not easy: in Ligue 1 you have to defend the team. On Thursday, just three months after Titi's retirement, the Brain Trust in Monaco ruled that he was probably not the right man for the job and immediately suspended him from his duties as manager. The statement announcing the suspension was succinct:
AS Monaco announces that it has decided to abandon its duties as coach of first team Thierry Henry from that day on and wait for a final decision.
Franck Passi will train the team's professional group this Friday.
That alone is not surprising. Under Henry Monaco won 2-7-3 in the league, a total of 9 points in 12 games. They had previously scored 5 points in nine league games under Jardim this season. However, a slight improvement in the score per game is unacceptable for a team struggling for their first division life.
The Monaco side have been exhausted since the club left for the semifinals of the Champions League in the 2016-2017 season. All of the young players who played a major role in this success (Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy, Fabinho, Tiémoué Bakayoko and, above all, Kylian Mbappe) were poached by the biggest clubs in England and also by Paris Saint-Germain had to fight himself with a much weaker side. One could say that Henry was in a situation without victory that was about as good as one might expect.
However, Henry did not like his unpredictable style of leadership. According to Transfermarkt used the new coach in his twelve games nine different starting formations and exchanged the formations with virtually no success. Meanwhile, January's signing commitments, such as Cesc Fàbregas and Naldo, did not provide immediate results and the team only scored two points in three games this month.
Henry also did not help on the weekend when he looked for a 5 In a defeat by Strasbourg he told defender Kenny Lala that he had a "whore of a grandmother" in a heated argument. Henry later apologized and said that he uses "the language of the street", but no matter; it was just another embarrassing news for a club that was dealing with a possible descent.
Next to the field, Henry decided to deal with first-team players, who were reportedly more concerned about their transfer value than the success of the team by relegating a significant portion of the squad to reserves.
It would always be easier for Monaco to simply replace Henry than to beat half of the crew in exile, and as long as they did not officially fire him Thursday's action is just a suspension a matter of time.
Who will replace Henry if he is actually fired? The most interesting option comes from a report from Sky News which states that the Monaco leaders may just reload their rescue and try Jardim again; Perhaps, after Henry's catastrophic term, they realized that it was the squad and not the manager responsible for their historically bad start to the campaign.
And Henry, well, he'll probably be greeted with open arms in the Pandit class, where he was part of one of the funniest football television reactions of recent years: