I made Monaco stronger than I met it – Thierry Henry

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Thierry Henry says his sacking by Monaco comes with “great sadness” as the French club reappointed Leonardo Jardim as their new manager.

Monaco dismissed Henry from his first managerial role on Thursday with the club second from bottom in Ligue 1. The club said Henry needed more time to implement his plans but it had “to act without delay”.

Monaco have signed Brazilian defender Naldo from Schalke, French defender Fode Toure from Lille and midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Chelsea in the January transfer window.

But a 5-1 home defeat by Strasbourg in Henry’s last league game in charge left them three points from safety.

The 2017 French champions managed only five wins under Henry in all competitions.

In a statement, Henry said: “It is with great sadness that I part company with AS Monaco. Despite the struggles and difficulties that we encountered along my short journey, I have still thoroughly enjoyed my time at this wonderful club.

“My ambition and philosophy from the day I joined will always be that the club comes first. I strongly believe in this squad of players and that the team with all the recent new signings is now in a better shape to tackle the second part of the season and to go on a winning run and fulfil its full potential.”

Jardim, who spent four years at Monaco and secured the Ligue 1 title in 2016-17, has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Vasilyev said more January signings “should not be ruled out” in order to bolster his options.

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