Ex-Arsenal star on manager shortlist to replace Leonardo Jardim

Ruben Hill
October 12, 2018

Monaco have confirmed the departure of 2016/17 Ligue 1 winning manager Leonardo Jardim after a poor start to the new season.

Jardim will lose his job with Monaco after a dismal start to the season that sees them marooned in 18th place in Ligue 1 nine games into the season, one point off the foot of the table.

Jardim led the club to another French title in 2017, their first since 2000.

In the 2016-17 season, Monaco upstaged big-spending Paris St Germain to end the capital club's run of four successive titles, before finishing second last term.

Jardim has paid the price for Monaco's bad start to the season which has left last season's runners-up 18th in the table after nine games.

"I am grateful and proud to have been able to coach AS Monaco for more than four years". I always gave my best and worked with passion. "We have won great victories together and I will always keep those memories in me", Jardim told the club's official website.

Monaco have yet to comment on the speculation, with vice president Vadim Vasilyev paying tribute to the departing Jardim.

Jardim, who led Monaco to the Ligue 1 title a year ago, is reportedly set to leave the club during the global break, with Aston Villa-linked Thierry Henry believed to be in talks with the 18th-placed side.

"His tenure will remain as one of the most handsome pages in the history of the club. Leonardo will always be part of the Monaco family".

The Arsenal legend has been learning the tricks of the trade as an assistant to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, but instead of leaping straight into the top job Monaco - remember Gary Neville at Valencia anyone - Henry would be wise to continue his development as an assistant, and who better to work under than his former Gunners gaffer Wenger.

"Monaco have ended their collaboration with Leonardo Jardim", the club said in a statement.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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