Monaco call time on Jardim’s tenure with Henry in the frame to come in

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Monaco have confirmed that manager Leonardo Jardim has been sacked after their poor start to the French Ligue 1 season.

Monaco have confirmed that manager Leonardo Jardim has been sacked after their poor start to the French Ligue 1 season.

It was reported earlier in the week that Monaco officials were contemplating replacing the 44-year-old following a dismal start to the domestic campaign with just one win in their opening nine games, leaving them down in 18th place in the table.

And, while news of Jardim’s dismissal is no surprise, it is harsh on the Portuguese tactician who guided Monaco to their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years in 2016-17, the Champions League semi-finals the same season and then managed a second-placed finish last term despite having a host of key players such as Kylian Mbappe sold from his squad.

In a club statement, Jardim said: ‘I’m grateful and proud to have been Monaco coach for more than four years. I’ve always given my very best and worked with passion. We achieved some great victories together and I’ll always keep those memories.’

Monaco chief executive Vadim Vasilyev added: ‘I want to thank Leonardo with deepest respect for all the work he has done.

‘His time here will remain as one of the most beautiful pages in the history of the club.

‘Leonardo will still be part of the Monaco family.’

Jardim’s departure paves the way clear for Thierry Henry to return to his former club and secure his first managerial position at the Stade Louis II.

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