Well, that was a costly experiment.
After just over three months in his first senior managerial post, Thierry Henry has been sacked as Monaco boss.
The Frenchman was suspended yesterday after his apparent dispute with the struggling squad came to a head. They have won just four games under the Arsenal legend and ex-Monaco standout, and are languishing in 19th in the Ligue 1 table.
24 hours after his suspension, Henry is gone, and already in his place is the man he replaced back in October – Leonardo Jardin.
The Portuguese was at the helm for almost four-and-a-half years, including for their 2016/17 league title win and Champions League final run.
“We are forced to see that we sold too many important players during the summer transfer window and despite considerable means invested errors were made to replace them,” club Vice President, Vadim Vasilyev, said in an official statement.
“The dismissal decision of coach Leonardo Jardim was similarly too premature. Leonardo Jardim’s move to “Monaco” will remain, as I had the opportunity to say at the time of his departure, as one of the most beautiful pages in the club’s history. Today, we realize that the story of Leonardo Jardim with the Club did not end as it should have. We should have given Leonardo a chance to continue his work.
“Thierry Henry is a legend of football but the adverse circumstances, and especially the many injuries of the players, did not allow him to quickly and effectively get his team out of the crisis. I would like to thank Thierry Henry for taking up this challenge and trying to coach the team of his home club during a difficult time. It probably would have taken longer to implement what was planned. Unfortunately, we do not have the time and we have to act and react immediately.
“That’s why we made the decision to end our collaboration with Thierry Henry.
“We proposed to Leonardo Jardim to return to AS Monaco, where his work allowed to obtain excellent results during 4 seasons. Leonardo has signed a two and a half year contract with the Club. We are convinced that it is not too late to turn around the situation and believe that our players will mobilize and can, with Leonardo Jardim, overcome this crisis.”