MLS: Thierry Henry steps down as Montreal coach to spend time with children
Henry mentioned: ‘The final 12 months has been an especially tough one for me personally. Because of the worldwide pandemic, I used to be unable to see my kids. Sadly this season the scenario shall be no completely different. The separation is an excessive amount of of a pressure for me and my children.’
Montreal: Thierry Henry has stepped down from his position as coach of CF Montreal for household causes, the Main League Soccer outfit introduced on Thursday.
“It’s with a heavy coronary heart that I’ve determined to take this choice,” mentioned the previous Arsenal and France striker in an announcement launched by the membership and posted on his personal Twitter feed.
“The final 12 months has been an especially tough one for me personally. Because of the worldwide pandemic, I used to be unable to see my kids. Sadly as a result of ongoing restrictions and the truth that we must relocate to the US once more for a number of months, the scenario shall be no completely different.
“The separation is an excessive amount of of a pressure for me and my children. Due to this fact, it’s with a lot unhappiness that I need to take the choice to return to London and depart CF Montreal.”
Henry, 43, had solely lately been linked with the supervisor’s job at English Championship membership Bournemouth.
He was appointed by Montreal in November 2019 and signed a two-year deal.
His first season noticed the Canadians end ninth within the Jap Convention of the MLS earlier than shedding on the first hurdle within the play-offs, whereas they misplaced within the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League.
The season was sophisticated by pandemic journey restrictions which pressured the group to relocate to the USA to play video games.
They performed simply three fixtures at their very own Stade Saputo consequently.
“Thierry’s departure is unlucky and untimely as a result of this was very promising, however he knowledgeable me of his want to be again along with his household as a result of the scenario was and stays very tough for each him and his household,” mentioned CF Montreal’s sporting director, Olivier Renard.
Henry, who’s Arsenal’s all-time file goal-scorer and in addition the all-time high scorer for France, beforehand spent three troubled months in cost at Monaco between October 2018 and January 2019.
Earlier than that he labored as a youth coach at Arsenal after which as assistant coach to Roberto Martinez with the Belgian nationwide group as they completed third on the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
His Montreal facet final season featured the likes of Kenyan former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama and ex-Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic.
Earlier this month it was reported that Bournemouth had been eager to nominate Henry as they search to make a direct return to the English Premier League.
Nonetheless final weekend they named Jonathan Woodgate as their head coach till the top of this season.
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