Thierry Henry appointed coach of Ligue 1 side

Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry

"I am very happy to come back to AS Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges ahead".

Monaco vice president and chief executive officer Vadim Vasilyev is confident the 41-year-old World Cup victor can make an impact in the dugout.

The 41-year-old former French striker took up his new job just 2 days after Leonardo Jardim was sacked following a poor start to the season.

Monaco reached the Champions League semi-finals and won Ligue 1 in 2016/17, but Henry joins with them languishing in 18th place after just one win from their opening nine matches.

"I can not wait to meet the players to start working together".

"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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"It seems like fate that I will begin my managerial career here", said Henry, who is Arsenal's record goalscorer.

An eight-year spell with Arsenal - where he won two Premier League titles - saw him become the club's all-time leading scorer with 228 goals, while he also won the Champions League during his three-year stint with Barca.

Vadim Vasilyev, Monaco's vice president, has already waxed lyrical about the appointment, made after the sacking of Leonardo Jardim earlier this week.

Henry was a World Cup victor with France in 1998 and won the European Championship two years later, scoring 51 goals in 123 appearances for Les Bleus.

Henry's backroom team will comprise of Kwame Ampadu, father of Chelsea star Ethan Ampadu, who worked with Henry during their time coaching together at Arsenal's academy, as well as Benfica Under-23 coach Joao Carlos Valado Tralhao.

'Thierry is both aware of the task ahead and eager to start his new job.

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