The former idol of Gunners arrives on the bench of AS Monaco, his training club. He becomes the 7th world champion to embrace the coaching career.
Back home. Eight years after his international retirement, Thierry Henry returns to France and more precisely to Monaco, which he left, as a player, almost twenty years ago. He will endorse for the first time, the costume of a full-fledged and leading coach. The Monegasque club made its recruitment official Saturday, October 13, with a contract until June 2021.
That the former world champion, 41, had wanted to return to the national territory is not / more really a surprise. His discussions this summer with the Girondins de Bordeaux, who had just thanked their coach, Gustavo Poyet, had shown he was ready to engage in the “affairs” of the French football – the two parties had finally not found agree.
Agreeing to succeed Monaco to Leonardo Jardim, thanked by the management of the club after a complicated start to the season of the Monegasque team, Thierry Henry returns to France a somewhat turbulent history, a mixture of attraction-repulsion that s’ is concluded, over the years and distance, by a kind of polite indifference.
Early star of Ligue 1, world champion at 20 and European champion two years later, Thierry Henry has marked the history of football tricolor. He is still the top scorer of the Blues with 51 goals in 123 games, from 1997 to 2010.
But the striker, who revealed himself in the colors of the Arsenal Gunners, where he became an icon, also suffered a kind of break with his homeland. It was November 18, 2009: during the barrage return qualifying at the 2010 World Cup, his voluntary hand, not whistled by the referee, had allowed the team of France to get out of the trap of Ireland.
Behind, the controversy had been gigantic, and Thierry Henry had felt abandoned and mistreated by his own. When Argentina still celebrates Diego Maradona’s “hand of God” in the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup, France almost lynched its scorer.
In an interview with Telefoot, his ex-teammate Lilian Thuram had the opportunity to talk about his younger brother’s resentment: “He really suffered a lot because he found the reactions very unfair.
Thierry Henry would have done well this controversy in view of the disastrous South African World, marked by the famous episode of the Knysna bus and the strike of the Blues. In the wake, the child Ulis (Essonne) had retired internationally.
After long seasons in the biggest European clubs to forge an impressive record (two Premier League with Arsenal in 2002 and 2004, two Liga and a Champions League with Barcelona in 2009 and 2010), he tried the adventure new- and finished his career at the Red Bulls Major League Soccer, between 2010 and 2014.
An encyclopedic knowledge of football
But Thierry Henry is a football enthusiast, who has an encyclopedic and almost unhealthy knowledge of his sport. Already, during his career, he was able to watch a French Ligue 2 match and talk about such a promising player who was playing in the third division, in Laval or Calais.
Businessman wise, he has minted his knowledge by joining, as a consultant, the British chain Skysports for the trifle of 5 million euros per year. In this role, he was noted for his clear opinions, marked by an undeniable honesty. Olivier Giroud still has to remember the words of his predecessor at the Blues and Arsenal, who said the Gunners “lacked a world-class striker”.
Still, it is the reality of the field that has always made Thierry Henry want. With one ambition: to succeed his conversion as a coach. This is how he discreetly took care of Arsenal youth teams, under 16 years old. At the same time, he passed his diplomas and won a UEFA pro license in March 2016, allowing him to train a team at the European level.