thierry henry, as monaco

Thierry Henry has been appointed as AS Monaco coach on a three-year-deal – 19 years since he left the club after seven years for Juventus in 1999.

The 41-year-old Arsenal great succeeds Jardim, who was dismissed Thursday after a 2-1 defeat by Rennes last weekend the leaves the club 18th in Ligue 1 with just one win this season.

Henry, who was linked with a move to Championship side Aston Villa in summer but chose to remain as Belgium assistant coach, will start his new role Monday.

“In the first place, I thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to coach the team of this club so special to me.

“I am very happy to come back to AS Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenge ahead. I cannot wait to meet players to start working together,” he said in a statement.

He added: “I was fortunate to receive some very attractive offers over the last few months but Monaco will always be close to my heart.

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Having started my footballing career with this great club, it seems like fate that I will now begin my managerial career here too.

I am incredibly excited to be given this opportunity but now the hard work must begin. Can’t wait.”

Henry made 141 appearances for Monaco scoring 28 goals before he moved to Juventus for seven months and later to Arsenal under his former boss at Monaco Arsene Wenger.

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