William Gallas has backed Thierry Henry’s decision to take over as Monaco’s new head coach, despite having offers from a number of clubs.
The principality club announced that Henry would return to the Stade Louis II stadium to take over from Leonardo Jardim after Monaco’s difficult start to the season, to take up his first post as a manager.
The Arsenal legend has been working as number two to Roberto Martinez with the Belgium national team, but has had offers from Aston Villa and Bordeaux to start his managerial career, but he has now returned to where he started his playing career to become the manager of Monaco.
Henry’s former Arsenal and France teammate William Gallas thinks that returning to Monaco is the right decision:
“He (Thierry Henry) is the right person for the job because he is a passionate person first and foremost,” the former Chelsea defender said at the Teqball World Cup.
“When he was a player, he knew every player in Ligue 1, Ligue 2 and at the national level, so it’s somebody who is really interested in football whether in France, Europe or the world.
“He just needed the right opportunity to coach. Before Monaco, he had other options: Aston Villa offered him the position, he didn’t want it.
“Same thing for Bordeaux, he didn’t want it either. He knew why. I think Monaco gave him assurances on some points that must have been very important to him.
“And moreover, Monaco, that’s where he started his career. So it is destiny that he is to come back to Monaco as a coach. And I’m very happy for him.”