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Former Monaco manager Thierry Henry.

Thierry Henry lost the Monaco dressing room due to his bizarre management style

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Monaco made a very bold decision when hiring Thierry Henry.

The principality club opted to sack Leonardo Jardim after a slow start to the season, despite the fact that Portuguese had finished second in 2017/18 behind Paris Saint-Germain.

He also guided Monaco to the Ligue 1 title in 2016/17 and if the club had not been forced into selling that all-conquering side, they could have built a dynasty in the French top-flight.

Bringing in Henry seemed a risk at the time, especially as the Monaco and Arsenal legend had never managed a club before - his only experience coming as Roberto Martinez's assistant with Belgium.

Now, after just two wins in 12 Ligue 1 games, Henry is on the way out, with Monaco still lingering in the relegation zone after a 5-1 humbling at home to Strasbourg last time out.

New signings Naldo and Cesc Fabregas have done little to elevate the standard of play on the pitch.

And a report from Goal France has detailed Henry's bizarre approach to management during his time in charge, regularly sniping at players from the touchline.

An anonymous member of Monaco's squad recalled one moment on the pitch: “A few matches ago, he screamed: “He, he is supposed to be worth €10m?” All of the substitutes heard. The message he sent to the players was very negative.”

Another anonymous source close to the first-team stated: “He would speak badly to the players, it is a fact. He would also make examples of people and that annoyed a lot of people, he gave this haughty impression as if he would not consider anyone else’s opinion.”

Henry vs Nice

Henry's demeanour on the touchline was one of anger and raw emotion throughout and he clearly let his feelings get the better of him, something a top-level manager cannot do in public.

Many of his decisions also reportedly confused the Monaco squad.

Henry decided to hand the captain's armband to Youri Tielemans in the absence of Radamel Falcao, due to the fact they had worked together with Belgium.

The squad were understandably baffled by his choice to discard the more senior option in defender Kamel Glik and it was yet another damaging blow to his reputation in the dressing room.

Tielemans in action

Not many tipped Henry for success straight away as a manager, but no one envisioned his first job going this badly...

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Thierry Henry
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Roberto Martinez
Leonardo Jardim
Youri Tielemans
Cesc Fabregas
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AS Monaco
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Radamel Falcao
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