Monaco sack Jardim 17 months after Ligue 1 title triumph

Monaco sack Jardim 17 months after Ligue 1 title triumph

Monaco sack Jardim 17 months after Ligue 1 title triumph

Monaco have sacked manager Leonardo Jardim with the club third from bottom of France's Ligue 1.

Jardim leaves Monaco with the team sitting 18th in the Ligue 1 table, only outside the automatic relegation places on goal difference.

Monaco have not won since the opening day of the season in any competition, and Sunday's loss at home to Rennes extended their consecutive defeats to four games.

Jardim said: "I am grateful and proud to have trained AS Monaco for more than four years".

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It's the club where he first became a professional after graduating through the Clairfontaine and Monaco youth system, and he played a role as a left midfielder or left winger in Monaco's 1996-1997 Ligue 1 title.

The ex-Ireland U21 worldwide took up a youth coaching role at Arsenal back in 2012, having made three senior appearances for the club in the early 1990's. I always gave my best and worked with passion.

Henry emerged as the favourite for the job this week.

The 44-year-old also guided Monaco to the Champions League semi-finals in 2016-17 and helped develop players such as forward Kylian Mbappe, now at Paris St-Germain.

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Vice-president Vadim Vasilyev added: "I want to greet with deepest respect Leonardo for all the work done".

"His time here will remain one of the most lovely periods in the club's history".

Rumours are rife that Monaco are on the cusp of sacking their manager Leonardo Jardim following a wretched start to the new season.

Henry was subject of constant rumors and reports that he may take over at Aston Villa following Steve Bruce's dismissal, but the job eventually went to Dean Smith (no relation to the North Carolina basketball coach, as far as we know).

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