Thierry Henry sacked by Monaco after 104 days

Monaco have suspended under-fire manager Thierry Henry ahead of a decision on his coaching future

It is less than two years since Monaco won Ligue 1 under Henry's predecessor Jardim, but a mass exodus of players - including Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Thomas Lemar and Fabinho - has resulted in this dramatic reversal of fortunes.

Monaco's business model has always been predicated on mining young stars-in-waiting and developing them until they're sold to bigger clubs for hefty sums of money, which would in turn be spent on the next generation of young talent.

Monaco have sacked Thierry Henry after only 104 days as coach of the Ligue 1 club.

Henry's assistant Franck Passi will now take over as caretaker manager until a replacement is found.

"The club announces that it has chose to suspend the functions of the head coach of the first team".

After Henry's snub, Villa of course went back in for boyhood supporter Dean Smith - who should have been the primary choice all along.

Henry started his first managerial job just three months ago but he's seemingly out of work already following a disastrous spell in France.

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Jardim led Monaco to the French title - beating Paris Saint-Germain by eight points - and the Champions League semifinals in 2017.

Henry, who has regular meetings with the club's hierarchy and knows his job is safe, played down speculation about his future both after the defeat against Metz and again at a news conference on Thursday.

He was backed financially by the club in the transfer window this month with the signings of centre-back Naldo from Schalke, Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas and left-back Fode Ballo-Toure from Lille.

"We need guys who want to save the club, who don't think about themselves. We're going to war", he told reporters on Thursday.

"In his short time at Monaco, we have seen too many times his frustration on the bench", Petit began.

"It's in those moments where we have to be united, where we have to show ourselves, we have to be more decisive, we have to be mentally stronger", he added.

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