Monaco - Thierry Henry was suspended from his role as coach of struggling
Ligue 1 side Monaco on Thursday with the former French international
striker expected to be quickly axed.
"Henry has been suspended
until a definitive decision is made," Monaco said in a statement, adding
assistant coach Franck Passi would oversee training on Friday ahead of
their trip to fellow strugglers Dijon.
Henry, 41, was suspended by
Monaco, who are second-from-bottom in the French top division with 15
points, after the former Arsenal and France striker earned the
Principality club just two league wins since his arrival in October.
took up the post with the 2017 French champions in October following
the sacking of title-winner Leonardo Jardim but failed to improve on the
poor start to the campaign by his predecessor.
Ironically, Jardim was already being tipped on Thursday as Henry's successor as Monaco battle to beat the drop.
club's decision to dispose of Henry would have come as a shock if his
comments at his scheduled weekly news conference earlier in the day were
"My future is not a problem," Henry told reporters.
However, his anticipated departure will not come cheap.
was reported to be earning an estimated €3.2 million a year. With
two and a half years still left on his contract, Monaco's owners face
having to pay out another eight million as compensation.
Henry was also believed to have upset the club hierarchy with some of his public comments.
"When I arrived, the club was in a mess, I tried to do a lot of things which you did not see," he said on Thursday.
am also expecting a striker," he added when discussing his desire to
reinforce the squad ahead of next week's closing of the transfer window.
Henry's fate drew some sympathy from other stars.
that @ThierryHenry has been suspended from his coaching duties at
Monaco whilst the club decides what to do with him. Seems a tad
humiliating and somewhat disrespectful to treat an absolute legend that
way. If you're going fire him, then fire him," tweeted former England
and Barcelona star Gary Lineker.
Monaco are two points behind
Dijon, who are 18th and a further point from safety, after collecting
only three wins from 21 matches, and crashed out of Europe early after
finishing bottom of Champions League Group A with just a single point.
miserable form under Henry culminated in a humiliating 3-1 French Cup
defeat to second-tier Metz on Tuesday and a 5-1 home Ligue 1 hammering
by Strasbourg last weekend, during which the tension surrounding Henry
began to show.
Henry was forced to apologise after being caught
calling Strasbourg defender Kenny Lala's grandmother "a whore" after he
delayed a throw-in with the score still 2-1.
Monaco have brought
in players in the transfer window but Henry's former Arsenal teammate
Cesc Fabregas - who arrived from Chelsea - was at fault for
Strasbourg's third, while fellow new arrival Naldo left them with an
uphill battle after being sent off in the seventh minute.
escape from the relegation zone is possible as the two sides immediately
outside the bottom three - Caen and Amiens - face Champions
League-chasing Montpellier and Lyon and can be caught should the pair
lose to their high-flying opponents and Monaco beat Dijon.