The retired French forward will take the reigns of Montreal Impact as he solidifies his managerial resume after failing with AS Monaco.
Trophies and goals have followed Thierry Henry. As a player for AS Monaco, Arsenal, Juventus, Barcelona, and New York Red Bulls, 360 goals in 792 appearances. A great haul for a player who spent eight of his eighteen years on the wings.
As part of the back room staff for Arsenal’s youth and Belgium, the track continued. But not at AS Monaco.
His four months as head-coach of the principality team were so bad that Monaco re-hired Leonardo Jardim after firing him. Henry left Stade Louis II with a forgetful record of 4 wins, 5 draws, and 11 defeats, from 20 games in charge.
After a year in the wilderness, the 42-year-old returns to the managerial hot seat in the Major League Soccer. Montreal Impact have taken the gamble on a player who was uniformly loathed by fans and players at his boyhood club.
Henry follows in the footsteps of compatriot Patrick Viera with his MLS experiment. After failing to land a head-coach’s job in the continent, Viera made the trip across the pond for managerial experience.
The relative distance from prying eyes of football crazy Europe, the world cup winning midfielder changed the fortunes of New York.
Fortunes at the Yankee Stadium changed as the Blues went from 17th to fourth in Viera’s first year. Further improvement was witnessed the next year as the claimed second place and a spot in the play-offs. OGC Nice came calling in June 2018 and the Frenchman answered the call.
Tough task in Quebec
Henry will hope for similar fortunes. Montreal Impact finished the MLS season ranked 18th overall and need to improve in all aspects.
Impact will hope the Premier League legend’s appointment can reignite their fortunes. They need attacking firepower after registering the second worst goal difference Eastern Conference. Only last placed FC Cincinnati had a worse record.
Henry lit the MLS during his four years across the continent and will want a repeat. He has his work cut down as the squad seems to be in disarray.
However, the former Arsenal forward can rejuvenate the Canadian side the way he impacted Belgium’s 2018 World Cup run.
Not only will he vindicate himself but open doors that were closed following his abysmal tenure in Monaco. Footballing circles are fickle in this sense. But failure to give results twice will have a damning impact.