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Henry confident on coaching future: “Call me crazy if you want”

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Thierry Henry remains hopeful that he can become a coaching success story despite only lasting three months during his first managerial role at AS Monaco.

Henry endured a disastrous spell in charge of his boyhood club Monaco, with 11 defeats and just five wins during his 20 games in charge. It led Les Monegasques to replace him with his predecessor Leonardo Jardim in January.

Currently, the Arsenal and France legend still finds himself without work since his nightmare scenario at the Stade Louis II.

But Henry, who previously worked as an assistant to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, revealed he hasn’t been short of offers.

“Call me crazy if you want, but I love football and I still believe I can be a successful coach,” the ex-striker told The Telegraph.

“I’m not thinking about the pain, I’m not thinking about failure. I don’t like easy. I like to lead and it’s on me to make it happen. The same when I joined Arsenal as a player, the same when I went to Belgium with Roberto. It’s an evolution.

“My phone didn’t ring for four months after I left Monaco and then all of a sudden I got five calls. Some were not what I was looking for and some were as a number two – very interesting offers, but I can’t leave my staff behind.

“I’ve got guys who stopped working for me and what do I say to them? ‘Hey guys, you stopped working for me but now I’ve got a job’. I won’t do a number two job because I want to be a number one.”

Despite the way things played out at Monaco, however, Henry harbours no regrets. Although he feels that more could have been achieved had the Ligue 1 club given him more time.

“There is something I always say,” said Henry on his Monaco spell.

“You win or you learn and, as you can imagine, I learned a lot.

“I still have Monaco in my heart, it’s the club that gave me my first opportunity as a player and gave me my first opportunity as a coach, so I will always be thankful to the people who gave me that, people who are there, some are gone.

“My heart talked at the time. I wanted to go back to where I started everything. I have zero regrets about what happened. It was a very difficult task and I felt that if I’d had more time I could have done more.

“If I knew I only had three months, then maybe I would have acted a different way, but I was trying to plan something for the future and doing that in such a little amount of time is very difficult.”

MONACO, MONACO – NOVEMBER 06: Thierry Henry the coach of Monaco ahead of the Group A match of the UEFA Champions League between AS Monaco and Club Brugge at Stade Louis II on November 06, 2018 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)