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The starting XI Thierry Henry would have at Monaco if they kept their best players

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Thierry Henry has been appointed the new AS Monaco manager this week.

With the principality club enduring a terrible run of form this season, the decision was taken to sack Leonardo Jardim despite all the success he's brought in recent years.

Their position in the relegation zone seemed to necessitate change, though, and the club have taken a gamble on Henry who is entering his first job as a top-level manager.

Speaking to Monaco's website about the appointment, he remarked: “I am very happy to come back to Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges ahead.

“In the first place, I thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to coach the team of this club so special to me. I cannot wait to meet the players to start working together.”

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Vice president Vadim Vasilyev was very happy, too, noting: “His knowledge of football, his passion for the game, his high standards and his commitment to our colours make his nomination a reality.

“Thierry is both aware of the task ahead and eager to start his new job. He can count on our trust and all our support to bring a new dynamic to the team and carry out its mission.”

The task ahead won't be easy for Henry, but the legendary Frenchman can reassure himself with the amount of quality in the current Monaco team.

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Monaco's potential XI

However, his resources could have been even more enviable had Monaco not sold so many of their top players in recent years.

During Jardim's reign alone, the club sold an astonishing £750 million worth of players with the majority of exits following their Ligue 1 title victory.

So, just how good would Henry's Monaco team have been without all their sales? Well, the answer is very good and the proof is in the budding.

Take a look at the incredible starting XI he could have fielded:

GK - Danijel Subasic
RB - Djibril Sidibe
CB - Kamil Glik
CB - 
LB - Benjamin Mendy
CM - Fabinho
CM - Yaya Toure
CM - Bernardo Silva
CAM - James Rodriguez
RW - Kylian Mbappe
ST - Radamel Falcao
LW - Anthony Martial

Now, that's quite some team.

That's not to mention other players such as Thomas Lemar, Patrice Evra, Layvin Kurzawa, Aymen Abdennour and Stephane Ruffier who could also have made the cut.

Monaco have been blessed with incredible talent in recent years and it's a shame they've been unable to maintain so many crucial players.


There's every reason to suggest Monaco would be rubbing shoulders with Paris Saint-Germain near the top of their table without making so many sales.

However, Henry won't have the luxury of players such as Mbappe and Martial as he tries to rescue them for the ignominy of the relegation zone.

Only time will tell how the harsh world of football management will treat him.

Do you think Henry will be a success at Monaco? Have your say in the comments section below.

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