Monaco coach Thierry Henry suspended, faces axe

MONACO (AFP) – Thierry Henry was suspended from his role as coach of struggling Ligue 1 side Monaco on Thursday with the former French international striker expected to be quickly axed.

“Henry has been suspended until a definitive decision is made,” Monaco said in a statement, adding assistant coach Franck Passi would oversee training ahead of their trip to fellow strugglers Dijon.

Henry, 41, was suspended by Monaco, who are second-from-bottom in the French top division with 15 points, after the former Arsenal and France striker earned the Principality club just two league wins since his arrival in October.

He took up the post with the 2017 French champions in October following the sacking of title-winner Leonardo Jardim but failed to improve on the poor start to the campaign by his predecessor.

Ironically, Jardim was already being tipped on Thursday as Henry’s successor as Monaco battle to beat the drop.

The club’s decision to dispose of Henry would have come as a shock if his comments at his scheduled weekly news conference earlier in the day were any indication.

“My future is not a problem,” Henry told reporters.

However, his anticipated departure will not come cheap.

He was reported to be earning an estimated 3.2 million euros a year. With two and a half years still left on his contract, Monaco’s owners face having to pay out another eight million as compensation.

Henry was also believed to have upset the club hierarchy with some of his public comments.

“When I arrived, the club was in a mess, I tried to do a lot of things which you did not see,” he said on Thursday.

“I am also expecting a striker,” he added when discussing his desire to reinforce the squad ahead of next week’s closing of the transfer window.

Thierry Henry is suspended from his coaching role with Monaco. – AFP