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Football news - Monaco sack Leonardo Jardim, reportedly target Thierry Henry as replacement

Monaco sack Jardim, reportedly target Henry as replacement

11/10/2018 at 11:05Updated 11/10/2018 at 12:09

Monaco have announced the sacking of manager Leonardo Jardim after over four years in charge.

Jardim, 44, led the principality club to a surprise title success in 2017 but Monaco have won only once this season – on the opening weekend at Nantes – and are now in a lowly 18th place.

The Portuguese, who has been in charge since 2014, signed a new three-year deal to stay with the club until 2020 after the surprise league success and run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2017.

However, the club have now relieved him of his duties.

Jardim said in a statement "I am grateful and proud to have been able to coach AS Monaco for more than four years. I have always given the best of myself and worked with passion. We have won great victories together and I will always keep those memories in me. Daghe Munegu."

Vice-president Vadim Vasilyev added "I want to greet with deepest respect Leonardo for all the work done. Leonardo has established himself on the bench of AS Monaco as a reference in Europe and leaves behind a very positive balance sheet. His passage will remain as one of the most beautiful pages in the history of the club. Leonardo will still be part of the AS Monaco family. "

The Ligue 1 club will, according to reports, target former player Thierry Henry as a replacement for former Olympiacos and Sporting CP coach Jardim.

Henry, currently Belgium assistant manager, had been linked with the vacant manager’s role at Championship club Aston Villa.

He was thought to be close to taking over at Bordeaux in August, but failed to get assurances from the club's owners.

With additional reporting from PA Sport