SPORTS: Thierry Henry appointed head coach of French club Monaco
Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has been appointed head coach of French football club Monaco until June 2021.
The 41-year-old Frenchman is returning to the club where he began his professional career and helped the team win Ligue 1 in 1997.
"It seems like fate that I will begin my managerial career here," said Henry, who remains the record goalscorer for English football club Arsenal.
Monaco is currently three places from last position in Ligue 1, France's top football league, and fired manager Leonardo Jardim on Thursday.
Henry, the former Juventus, Barcelona and New York Red Bulls star, had been linked to English club Aston Villa in recent weeks and acknowledged that he received some "very attractive offers" over the last few months.
"Monaco will always be close to my heart. I'm incredibly excited to be given this opportunity, but now the hard work must begin,” he said.
Monaco has won one game in all competitions this season.
In Ligue 1, the team has six points from nine games with five defeats and they have lost both games in the Champions League.
Henry's first game in charge will be against Strasbourg in the league on October 20 before a Champions League tie with Club Brugge four days later.