Thierry Henry says he “evolved” after Monaco and Montreal experience

Speaking to the press after being unveiled as France U21 manager, Thierry Henry spoke about his past experience at Monaco in Ligue 1 and Montreal in the MLS – and how he has ‘evolved’ since. The following was transcribed by GFFN present at the conference.

“I’ve evolved since managing at Monaco, I’ve learnt more empathy, to be more vulnerable with your players, and trust in my staff,” the former World Cup winner reflected, adding “Yes I had my doubts (after Monaco), and that’s perfectly normal.” Henry was only in charge of 20 matches at the principality, winning five matches and experiencing several humiliating defeats against Guingamp and a 5-1 capitulation against Strasbourg. “When you’re on the bench and you have doubts, you see things differently. One thing is really important: you need time to put something in place. I had to question myself, but that didn’t stop me from going to coach in Montreal.” 

Henry then gave some insight into his time in Canada, one which was eventful to say the least. “It really took me out of my comfort zone. We were training during the covid period, playing all the matches away from home, and staying in a hotel.”

“When you find yourself stuck in a hotel with your team for four months… Already after a fortnight in pre-season, there are fights… So, four months! I learnt a lot in terms of people, teaching and dialogue. You try to learn from the difficult moments.” The former Arsenal man finished with “It was an experience that really helped me to grow.”

Henry has signed a two year contract with French FA, and was overwhelmingly the favourite for the job after Sylvain Ripoll lost his job following France U21’s Euro elimination.

George Boxall | GFFN 



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