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A closer look at Thierry Henry's disappointing start as Monaco boss

A closer look at Thierry Henry's disappointing start as Monaco boss
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Monaco are without a win in five games under Henry and face Paris St Germain at the weekend.

Thierry Henry has not enjoyed the start to his managerial career that he would have hoped for at Monaco.

The 41-year-old, who began his playing career at Stade Louis II, left his role as Belgium assistant in mid-October to take over at the Ligue 1 club following the sacking of Leonardo Jardim, but he is yet to oversee a win.

The 2016/17 French champions have lost three and drawn two of his first five matches in charge after a 4-0 home defeat to Club Brugge in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Reviving Monaco's fortunes might be a bigger job than Henry anticipated.

Results

Henry inherited a team that had won just one of their opening 12 games in all competitions under Jardim, losing eight of them. His first game in charge was a 2-1 defeat at Strasbourg, before he halted a five-match losing run with draws against Club Brugge and Dijon.

It looked like Henry had stopped the rot but another loss at Stade Reims followed at the weekend before overseeing an unwanted club record against Club Brugge on Tuesday night – Monaco's heaviest home defeat in the European Cup.

Worrying scenes

After the final whistle against Stade Reims, Henry and his players made their way over to the away end to show their appreciation for their fans support. However, the feeling was not mutual and there were ugly scenes as Monaco supporters rushed forward towards the front barriers to confront him and his team.

A flare was set off and thrown on to the pitch before stewards eventually intervened to calm the group down.

Henry has already criticised his players

It looks like Henry shares the concerns of the fans as – after the defeat at Stade Reims – he questioned the desire of the players, telling reporters at the post-match press conference: "When you enter the pitch and your players involuntarily refuse to play, it is difficult. We have to find our confidence again."

Then after the defeat to Club Brugge, Henry questioned Monaco's mentality. He told reporters at the post-match press conference: "I am upset with the way we reacted to falling behind. We started well, but once we fell behind we stopped playing and that's a little bit worrying."

And things could get worse

Former Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe returns on Sunday with a star-studded PSG team.
Former Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe returns on Sunday with a star-studded PSG team (Peter Byrne/PA)

Monaco are without a win in their last 15 games in all competitions – their worst streak since the period from September 1968 to January 1969. They have amassed just seven points from 12 matches in Ligue 1 this season – the club's lowest tally at this stage in their top-flight history after the 1953/54 campaign.

The last thing Monaco need on this sort of run is a visit from free-scoring, high-flying Paris St Germain. The Ligue 1 leaders have won their first 12 games in the league this season to record the best-ever start for a team in the top five European Leagues.

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Leonardo Jardim in charge of Monaco on August 4, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Paris Saint-GermainPSG18162053104350
2Lille20114532201237
3Lyon199643122933
4Saint-EtienneSt Etienne199642922733
5Montpellier HSCMontpellier1987426161031
6StrasbourgStrasbourg207853224829
7Rennes198562825329
8Nice198561417-329
9Marseille188463127428
10Reims206951619-327
11Bordeaux196762222025
12NantesNantes196582626023
13Nimes186572628-223
14Toulouse195681829-1121
15Angers194872124-320
16Caen203982028-818
17AmiensAmiens2053121734-1718
18Dijon1945101732-1517
19MonacoMonaco1935111730-1314
20GuingampGuingamp1925121435-2111

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