AS Monaco have endured a poor start to the current season that sees the club sit 18th in the French League with a paltry six points.
— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) October 11, 2018
There had been rumours of an imminent replacement of manager Leonardo Jardim with Thierry Henry and after the club’s announcement on Thursday, it remains to be seen if those rumours will turn out to be true.
The club announced on Thursday via a statement its decision to part ways with manager Leonardo Jardim after a terrible start to the season.
Monaco have been uninspiring so far this season and lie in 18th after nine league games prompting the club management to sack the Portuguese manager and while the club are yet to announce his replacement, it is rumoured that a youth product of the club and French icon could be announced manager soon.
Jardim led the Principality side to Ligue 1 glory in the 2016-17 campaign, breaking Paris Saint-Germain’s dominance in the French League. The side went on to reach the Champions League semi-finals that season and the semi-finals and final of the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue losing to Parisians in both tournaments.
That season Jardim led a talented group of youngsters with Radamel Falcao spearheading attack but the squad has witnessed a decline ever since following the sales of most of its stars including Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva, Thomas Lemar, Bakayoko, Fabinho and Benjamin Mendy.
The Monaco board are unwilling to put up with a disastrous start to the campaign which has seen them suffer two defeats from as many games in the Champions League leaving them bottom of Group A.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Jardim said: “I’m grateful and proud to have been AS Monaco coach for more than four years.
“I’ve always given my very best and worked with passion. We achieved some great victories together and I’ll always keep those memories.”
While question marks remain on who succeeds Jardim at AS Monaco, there have been speculations that Thierry Henry currently serving as assistant head coach to Roberto Martinez in the Belgium national team could be set to take the helm at the French side.
Henry has been linked with previous managerial positions in the past including the Aston Villa head coach role which has been filled with the appointment of Dean Smith and the Arsenal legend might just be set for his first role as head coach if Monaco announce him as manager.
Monaco have not made any comment regarding the speculation and following the announcement of Jardim’s dismissal, vice president Vadim Vasilyev payed tribute to the Portuguese.
“I want to thank with deepest respect Leonardo for all the work done,” he said.
“Leonardo has established himself on the bench of AS Monaco as a reference in Europe and leaves behind a very positive balance sheet.
“His tenure will remain as one of the most beautiful pages in the history of the club. Leonardo will still be part of the AS Monaco family.”