Henry: Guardiola is my reference point

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 24: Barcelona manager Josep Guardiola gives instructions to his player Thierry Henry during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Osasuna at the Camp Nou Stadium on March 24, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won 2-0. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

New AS Monaco boss Thierry Henry says Pep Guardiola will be his reference point as he embarks on his managerial career

The 41-year-old has returned to where it all started for him at the Stade Louis II after replacing the fired Leonardo Jardim as the new Monaco manager.

It is Henry’s first management job after spending the last two years working as Roberto Martnez’s assistant at Belgium.

And the Frenchman underlined the impact former coach Guardiola had on him during his time at Barcelona a decade ago as he “re-learned how to play the game”.

“Pep for me is the reference. I re-learnt how to play the game when I went to Barcelona under him,” said Henry in his official presentation as Monaco boss on PSCP TV.

“With Pep you can just talk about the game and he will not go to sleep. You will fall asleep and he’s still talking. He is way ahead of the game.

“You learn from people, but also need to put your own mix into it.”

The Arsenal and France legend also hailed the impact another former manager in Arsene Wenger had on him as well.

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The ex-Gunners boss converted Henry into one of Europe’s deadliest strikers upon his arrival at Highbury in 1999.

“I learned from those I worked with, whether they challenged me, or whether sometimes they did the wrong thing,” said Henry.

“Arsene unlocked so many things in my mind – what it meant to be a professional, on how to perform.”

Henry’s first game in charge of Monaco will be against Strasbourg in Ligue 1 on Saturday before they take on Club Brugge four days later in the Champions League.


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