Thierry Henry’s start as Monaco head coach is surely not going as expected, having failed to get a victory since taking over in October.

On the 13th of October, Monaco announced former France football legend as their new manager to replace Leonardo Jardim.

For sure, it was no easy task for Henry to take over a team in the middle of a crisis, having collected just 6 points in 10 matches before the Frenchman’s arrival.

However, no one thought that the situation could go from bad to worse following Henry’s arrival. With Henry as manager, the French club only managed to gather a point in the league and a point in the Champions League group tie against Club Brugge away from home.

To make things worse, in last Tuesday’s Champions League outing against Club Brugge, Monaco suffered a thumping 4-0 defeat on their own turf. This was the heaviest defeat in a European cup home match in the history of the club.

Monaco suffered heavy 4-0 defeat on Tuesday. Credits – Valery Hache / AFP

At the post-match press conference, the former Arsenal star questioned his players’ passion on the pitch: “When you enter the pitch and your players involuntarily refuse to play, it is difficult. We have to find our confidence again.”

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 live’s Football Daily, French journalist Julien Laurens expressed his concern for Henry as a manager: “It’s just a mess, chaos. I do feel for Thierry because I don’t think he realised how bad everything was already,” Laurens said.

“And I’m not sure he has the tools to rescue a team that has won just one game all season, back on 11 August” he added.

One of the reasons contributing to Monaco’s poor form this season might be the several key players being sidelined due to injuries, with the likes of Kamil Glik, Aleksandr Golovin, Adama Traore and Stevan Jovetic all out of action for the French team.

If it isn’t a very bad period for the eight-time Ligue 1 winners already, it could get worse over the weekend. The next fixture for Monaco is against the current Ligue 1 leaders PSG who have won all the 12 matches this season and it does not bode well for Henry’s team.


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