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24 Jan, 2019 18:49

Monaco 'suspend' Henry amid reports beleaguered manager has already been sacked

Monaco 'suspend' Henry amid reports beleaguered manager has already been sacked

Monaco have suspended manager Thierry Henry, amid reports that the Frenchman has in effect already been sacked following a disastrous run of form which sees the club just one point off the bottom of the Ligue 1 table.

Henry was appointed in October, taking over from Leonardo Jardim after the club made a poor start to the season.

However, the World Cup winner – who made more than 100 appearances for Monaco at the start of his playing career – has endured a disastrous time in his first managerial role.

Under the former Arsenal ace the club have won just two of 12 league games, with five wins in 20 games in total.

It appears the club hierarchy has now seen enough, “suspending” the 41-year-old, ostensibly pending a final decision on whether to retain his services or sack him.

However, the BBC reports that the step is "merely procedural" and that Henry has left the club. 

The news comes after fervent speculation in recent days that Henry’s job could be handed back to the man he replaced, Jardim.  

Monaco suffered a humiliating 5-1 home defeat to Strasbourg in the league on Saturday, before losing 3-1 in the French cup to Metz on Tuesday.  

It is a stunning fall for a club that were French champions and Champions League semi-finalists two seasons ago - even taking into account the departure of a host of star players in recent years, including French wonderkid Kylian Mbappe to Paris Saint-Germain, among others.  

The club announced that assistant coach Franck Passi would take charge of training on Friday.