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What Henry will bring to coaching



THIERRY Henry officially began as a first-team manager when taking charge of Monaco away at Strasbourg on Saturday. It’s the Frenchman’s responsibility to guide his new side away from the relegation zone.
Les Monegasques currently sit 19th in Ligue 1, four points off safety. They’ve recorded just one win in ten games, despite possessing talent such as Aleksandar Golovin and Radamel Falcao.
Monaco is a very good place for Henry to start in management. The former Arsenal striker began his playing career at the Stade Louis II in 1994, staying for four-and-a-half years before joining Juventus. With the principality team struggling at present, his main target is to avoid the drop. Sparking a revival shouldn’t be too difficult.
Despite losing his first encounter 2-1 to Strasbourg, Henry realises he’ll be afforded the time to get things right. Performance at a perceived mid-table side, one with a considerably low budget which is reliant on bringing through youth, will go some way to how far up the managerial ladder he can travel.
His prefered playing style and philosophy is unlikely to take effect for another few weeks, but once it does, the 41-year-old will be judged fairly.
Interestingly, Henry stated his plans to shape Monaco in the ‘Pep Guardiola way’. This is a good approach to the game, as it enables teams to dominate possession and attack at will.
However, what Thierry has failed to acknowledge is that Guardiola enforces such a system due to the luxury of talent at his disposal. Les Monegasques are nowhere near competing with either Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Manchester City financially.

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