As reported this morning by Monaco-Matin, L’Équipe and RMC, Portuguese technician Leonardo Jardim’s 4-year adventure with AS Monaco is coming to an end, in a move that could be formalised as quickly as today, with Jardim expected to meet with the club’s board today.
Last night, sources at AS Monaco said that they “are working on an amicable separation” agreement with the coach – whilst both parties are leaving each other with a fondness, this is a conscious decision on behalf of the Principality side’s board to end their collaboration with the Portuguese manager.
A source inside Monaco told journalists that “the squad was no longer responding, it was not easy for the team nor for the coach who was suffering” from the reality he faced.
Jardim was ominous post-match on Sunday, after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Rennes: “Like everyone, I am in danger when the results aren’t there, I don’t have a different situation from my colleagues.” Despite the fact that Jardim’s name was still sung by supporters on Sunday, his Monaco adventure has come to an end.
The reality was that Jardim was facing his 5th campaign as Monaco boss but with a squad that no longer responded appropriately to the demands he was making. A source at the club has said: “Even the key players were no longer responding to his methods.”
Even before Sunday’s defeat against Rennes, the AS Monaco board had begun to look for replacements, with Laurent Blanc, Arsène Wenger, Marcelo Gallardo, Claude Puel and Antonio Conte mentioned to the Russian hierarchy.
They are currently in negotiations with three candidates, one of whom is Thierry Henry, another is an Italian coach whose identity has not filtered through and the third is a complete mystery at the time of writing.
Henry in recent hours has rejected an offer to coach Aston Villa and was contacted by Monaco first through intermediaries about 10 days ago. If Henry were to make the move, he would be working with Nacer Chadli and Youri Tielemans, who knows well from his current duties as a member of the Belgian national team’s coaching staff.
At 41, Henry knows Monaco and the training ground at La Turbie inside out, he regularly visits, and the idea of him becoming the new boss at AS Monaco pleases the Prince Albert.
If Henry were to come, he would be joined by former team-mate Gilles Grimandi as assistant manager. The French international has already spoken to fellow managers about their opinions on whether or not he would take the job.
Meanwhile, the sacking of Leonardo Jardim is set to cost AS Monaco €6m…