Ex-Arsenal star Henry to coach Montreal Impact

PARIS (AFP) – Ex-Arsenal star Thierry Henry has been appointed coach at Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise Montreal Impact on a two-year contract, the Canadian club announced yesterday.

“Welcome to Montreal @ThierryHenry!” the MLS club tweeted.

Henry, whose baptism of fire as a manager ended in disaster at French club Monaco when he was fired in January, will coach the Canadian club for a minimum of two seasons, Montreal Impact said.

“Henry signed a two-year deal, with an option for 2022,” the club said on its website.

Henry, 42, who helped France win the World Cup in 1998, is familiar with the MLS, having played from 2010 to 2014 with the New York Red Bulls.

“It’s an honour to coach the Montreal Impact and return to MLS,” Henry said on the website.

“It’s a league I know well, in which I had some very nice moments. To be in Quebec, in Montreal, which has an enormous multicultural heritage, it’s extraordinary. I’ve always kept an eye on the club and now I’m here.”

The former Arsenal and Barcelona striker will take over from January from Colombian Wilmer Cabrera, who was interim coach following the sacking of Frenchman Remi Garde in August.

File photo shows Thierry Henry reacting during the French League Cup football match between AS Monaco and Stade Rennais Football Club. PHOTO: AFP