A closer look at Thierry Henry’s disappointing start as Monaco boss

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Thierry Henry has not enjoyed the start to his managerial career that he would have hoped for at Monaco.

The 41-year-old, who began his playing career at Stade Louis II, left his role as Belgium assistant in mid-October to take over at the Ligue 1 club following the sacking of Leonardo Jardim, but he is yet to oversee a win.

The 2016/17 French champions have lost three and drawn two of his first five matches in charge after a 4-0 home defeat to Club Brugge in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Reviving Monaco’s fortunes might be a bigger job than Henry anticipated.


Henry inherited a team that had won just one of their opening 12 games in all competitions under Jardim, losing eight of them. His first game in charge was a 2-1 defeat at Strasbourg, before he halted a five-match losing run with draws against Club Brugge and Dijon.

It looked like Henry had stopped the rot but another loss at Stade Reims followed at the weekend before overseeing an unwanted club record against Club Brugge on Tuesday night – Monaco’s heaviest home defeat in the European Cup.

Worrying scenes

After the final whistle against Stade Reims, Henry and his players made their way over to the away end to show their appreciation for their fans support. However, the feeling was not mutual and there were ugly scenes as Monaco supporters rushed forward towards the front barriers to confront him and his team.

A flare was set off and thrown on to the pitch before stewards eventually intervened to calm the group down.

Henry has already criticised his players

It looks like Henry shares the concerns of the fans as – after the defeat at Stade Reims – he questioned the desire of the players, telling reporters at the post-match press conference: “When you enter the pitch and your players involuntarily refuse to play, it is difficult. We have to find our confidence again.”

Then after the defeat to Club Brugge, Henry questioned Monaco’s mentality. He told reporters at the post-match press conference: “I am upset with the way we reacted to falling behind. We started well, but once we fell behind we stopped playing and that’s a little bit worrying.”

And things could get worse

Former Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe returns on Sunday with a star-studded PSG team.
Former Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe returns on Sunday with a star-studded PSG team (Peter Byrne/PA)

The last thing Monaco need on this sort of run is a visit from free-scoring, high-flying Paris St Germain. The Ligue 1 leaders have won their first 12 games in the league this season to record the best-ever start for a team in the top five European Leagues.

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