Arsenal legend Thierry Henry named AS Monaco coach

Former France striker Thierry Henry has been appointed AS Monaco coach on a three-year deal to replace Leonado Jardim who was sacked on Thursday, the Ligue 1 club announced on Saturday.

Henry, who started out playing for Monaco and went on to enjoy a stellar club career with Arsenal and Barcelona, has been working as assistant coach for the Belgian national team.

Henry was lured by the attraction of beginning his managerial career where he also began his playing days as a fresh-faced teenager at Monaco.

Belgium boss Martinez had requested that Henry remain with Belgium until after the national team’s fixture against Switzerland in the UEFA Nations’ League on Friday night.

Henry respected Martinez’s wishes but will now head to the principality of Monaco with his presentation set to take place early next week.

Henry is also attempting to bring together his coaching staff, with Arsenal’s under-18 manager Kwame Ampadu under consideration.

Henry has also made preliminary contact with Benfica’s Under-23 coach Joao Tralhao, while the Arsenal legend is also hoping to prise coach Julien Stephan away from French club Rennes.

Additional reporting by DailyMail Online