Thierry Henry managerial debut with AS Monaco didn’t go as planned.
Thierry Henry replaced Leonardo Jardim as Monaco Manager and in his first game in charge suffered a 2 – 1 loss to Strasbourg. The French Legend enjoyed Seven fruitful years at his boyhood Club as a player, AS Monaco played the role of a launchpad in his career, scoring 20 Goals in 105 appearances before becoming a lethal goalscorer for Arsenal, Barcelona and the French National Team. So earlier this week when Henry took the Monaco Job, a lot was expected from him and things didn’t go to plan for Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer.
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Monaco goalkeeper Seydou Sy’s blunder and Samuel Grandsir’s red card made the headlines and notably, these two events cost Henry and Monaco the game. The Principality Club have made a shambolic start to the Season and have failed to register a win in 11 games since the opening day of the Season, including the Champions League. Monaco are languishing at 19th place on the points table with only 6 points from 10 games, in fact, this is their worst start in the French top division since the 1953-54 Season.
Thiery Henry is a part of a new generation of exciting Managers, who are younger than most managers and have a completely new Football philosophy and outlook. The Likes of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Ryan Giggs, and Thierry Henry are from the same Generation of Players and it’s good to see them enter into their respective managerial roles. While Lampard, Giggs, and Gerrard have had a decent start to their careers, Henry will be hoping to improve with every game, especially considering his influence on young French players at Monaco.
Henry’s predecessor, Leonardo Jardim took the Club to unexpected heights. Winning the Ligue 1 in the 2016/17 Season and also reached the Champions League Semi-final, with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar, Bernardo Silva, Fabinho and Benjamin Mendy, that Monaco team seemed untouchable. Sure Thierry Henry doesn’t have that level of talent at his disposal but having Radamel Falcao, Youri Tielemans and Alexandr Golovin at your disposal demand a much higher table position than 19th.
Just 17 minutes into his debut Managerial campaign, Henry saw his side concede through Adrien Thomasson’s header that was helped into the net by Monaco Goalkeeper Seydou Sy. Before half-time, the visitors lost the captain and talismanic striker Radamel Falcao to a muscle injury, the principality side went 1 – 0 down into half-time. Monaco’s biggest setback came in the 66th minute when Samuel Grandsir was shown a straight red for a high boot on Anthony Goncalves, merely 2 minutes after coming on. Strasbourg Striker, Lebo Mothiba effectively wrapped the game up in the 84th minute with a clever chip over the keeper. Youri Tielemans scored a consolation goal for the visitors from the spot, but all in all, it was a bad day for the for Henry and the fans.