If part of Thierry Henry now wishes he’d stuck to the Sky Sports studio, rather than enter the unforgiving world of football management with AS Monaco, you couldn’t blame him for feeling that way.
The start of the Frenchman’s managerial career has been a true baptism of fire.
After 17 games, Henry has managed to secure just four wins, drawing the same number of matches and losing nine times.
Monaco have conceded 33 goals since Henry replaced Leonardo Jardim in October - scoring 19 in return - and have only managed to keep four clean sheets.
More worrying is the Ligue 1 table. After 21 games, Monaco find themselves 19th in the league with 15 points. Only Guingamp, on 14 points, are currently lower than Henry’s side.
Monaco, who secured the services of Cesc Fabregas from Chelsea last week, were thrashed 5-1 at home to Strasbourg on Saturday evening.
If it wasn’t clear to Henry that his team are about to enter a relegation dogfight before the Strasbourg game then it certainly is now.
To make matters worse for the Arsenal legend, he was involved in a rather unsavoury incident with a Strasbourg player on the stroke of half-time.
Kenny Lala failed to give the ball back to Monaco quickly enough at a throw-in and this infuriated Henry, who was caught by Canal+’s TV cameras saying to the full-back: “We are in the 43rd minute... you grandson of a b**ch!”
Watch the incident here...
Oh no. His head's gone.
The pressure is clearly getting to Henry, who failed to keep his cool over a common petty incident that happens in pretty much every football match.
He clearly felt Lala was time-wasting, ensuring Strasbourg wasted a few valuable seconds with Monaco chasing an equaliser.
Henry may well have been correct with that assumption, but there’s still no need to verbally abuse an opponent like that.
Imagine what he would have said about the incident in his role as a pundit.
Per French publication L’Equipe, Henry admitted in his post-match press conference: “It was a little too much.”
Fair play for owning up, Thierry, although it wouldn’t surprise us if a touchline ban or a fine will soon be coming your way.