Thierry Henry must have known he was boarding a sinking ship when he took his first step as a manager at Monaco.
As of the former Arsenal striker replacing Leonardo Jardim on 11 October, Les Monegasques were 18th in Ligue 1 and ten matches without victory in all competitions.
Now, five games into Henry’s reign, Monaco have fallen to 19th and remain winless in 15 outings - the latest being a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Club Brugge in the Champions League on Tuesday.
It’s not been the gentlest of starts to life in his new job, but Henry can’t have expected much better given the circumstances he inherited at the Stade Louis II.
However, despite his inexperience, the 41-year-old simply has to turn things around if he wants to gain any credibility from his first leading role in the dugout.
The numbers are simply too woeful to ignore.
Monaco have taken fewer points from their opening 12 matches than any previous top-flight campaign, while they also haven’t kept a clean sheet since Henry took over.
At the other end of the pitch, a mere four of their 53 shots have resulted in a goal, translating to a conversion rate of 7.5 per cent.
And as if things couldn’t get any tougher, Henry now has to prepare his side to host Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday with a 29-point gap separating them ahead of kick-off.
If there’s one man he would like to have by his side this weekend, Arsene Wenger is probably pretty high on the list.
The Gunners legend has been keeping an eye on Henry - and he has a message for the struggling novice and his employers.
“He has the right understanding, he has the right knowledge,” Wenger told BeIN SPORTS, via Metro.
“But, there’s always two aspects when you come in as a new manager.
“The first impact is physiologically positive and then you can work.
“So at the moment the bad luck for him is that the first impact has not worked so he will have to be given time.
“That is the most important thing. He will get it right if he’s given time.”
Contrary to the situation Wenger enjoyed at Arsenal, time is a commodity rarely afforded to managers at the highest level.
Henry is in a precarious position, but even if he can’t pull Monaco out of their current slump, the experience of his tenure will be invaluable later in his career.
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