MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact announced on
Thursday the nomination of Thierry Henry as head
coach of the Montreal Impact.
Henry signed a two-
year deal, with an option for 2022. Henry, 42, is considered one of the best strikers in
the history of football.
After an illustrious career
spanning 20 years, Henry retired from the professional game on December 16, 2014. He then became a coach in the Academy of English club
Arsenal, in February of 2015.
In August of 2016, Henry became assistant coach of the Belgian national team, which reached the
semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, eventually finishing third after defeating England in the third-
On August 31, 2018, he was
promoted to main assistant coach of the national team which currently sits at the top of the FIFA World Ranking, with players like Eden Hazard,
Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen,
Axel Witsel and Thibaut Courtois.
He then accepted the head coaching position at AS
Monaco, the Ligue 1 club where his professional
career began after growing up in Ulis, a Paris suburb.
“We are extremely happy to announce the nomination of this legend of the game,”
Montreal Impact president and CEO Kevin Gilmore.
“Henry will bring a new energy to our club. He shares our vision to elevate this club and will help us achieve our goals on and off the field. He is acompetitor and a leader who has proven himself at
the highest level throughout his career. He now brings these qualities with him to Montreal, a placehe wants to be.”
“We are extremely happy with the arrival of Thierry Henry,”
declared Montreal Impact sporting director Oliver Renard.
“Young and dynamic, he’s very
familiar with MLS and meets the qualities we were looking for in our search. This nomination, two
months before the start of camp in January, will give us a chance to build our squad with the man
that will lead it.”
“It’s an honour to coach the Montreal Impact and return to MLS,”
said Thierry Henry, holder of a
UEFA Pro licence.
“It’s a league I know well, in
which I had some very nice moments. To be in Quebec, in Montreal, which has an enormous multicultural heritage, it’s extraordinary. I’ve always
kept an eye on the club and now I’m here.”
Henry club level achievement
A Ballon d’or finalist in 2003 and 2006 and FIFA
World Player of the Year finalist in 2003 and 2004,
he climbed to the top of Arsenal’s goalscoring
charts with 228 goals in all competitions, where he
won two Premier League championships, three FA
Cups, while also taking part in a UEFA Champions
League final. With FC Barcelona, he won La Liga in
2009 and 2010, as well as winning the UEFA
Champions League, the Copa Del Rey and the FIFA
Club World Cup.
He concluded his professional career with the New
York Red Bulls in 2013, after spending four and a
half seasons in MLS, scoring 51 goals and adding
42 assists in 122 games, including 118 starts. He
notably won the Supporters’ Shield in 2013, was
chosen three times on the league’s Best XI, and
was selected to play in the MLS All-Star game four