Ligue 1 club Monaco have appointed former Sporting Lisbon manager Leonardo Jardim as their new head coach, Sky Sports report.
Jardim has signed a two-year deal with Monaco, with an option for a further year. His tenure will officially begin when the players return to the club for the start of pre-season training on June 30.
The Venezuelan-born Portuguese coach had this to say on his new job: "I am very happy to work for Monaco as it is a big club. I fully believe in this project and I think that this group can go far. AS Monaco is a team with players full of quality. There are many young players with a lot of talent. I am going to do everything to help them progress.
"The first thing is to start learning to speak French. I have been taking lessons for a few days now, it is question of respect towards the supporters and the people of Ligue 1."
Despite having no notable playing career to speak of, Jardim began his coaching career as assistant manager at lowly club Camacha in the Portuguese third division in 2001 at the youthful age of 27.
He eventually made the leap to head coach in 2003. Jardim then spent five years as manager of the Madeira-based club before moving to fellow third division side G.D Chaves in 2008, where he achieved promotion.
In the summer of 2009, Jardim was appointed as manager of S.C Beira-Mar, leading the club into the top flight before dismal results led to him stepping down from the managerial hotseat.
The next step in Jardim’s nomadic career was S.C Braga, where he lead the club to third place in the Portuguese top-flight as well as an impressive record of 15 consecutive league wins.
Jardim then left Portugal to manage Greek club Olympiakos in June 2012, however he did not last long in the role and was controversially sacked in January 2013 despite the club topping the Greek top -light.
Summer 2013 saw yet another managerial role for Jardim as he was appointed boss of Sporting Lisbon, leading the club to second place behind champions Porto before departing to manage Monaco.
Jardim takes over from Italian Claudio Ranieri, who departed the club despite leading Monaco out of Ligue 2 obscurity and into second place and the Champions League.
Backed by billionaire Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev, Monaco fans will be hoping that Jardim is the man to help topple Paris Saint-Germain, who were successful both in capturing the Ligue 1 title as well as as well as progressing in the Champions League last season.
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