Henry started his first managerial job just three months ago but he’s seemingly out of work already following a disastrous spell in France.
How bad has Henry’s Monaco reign been? Five key things to know…
- Monaco were in the Ligue 1 relegation zone when Henry took over – they are still there in 19th position.
- Henry has led the team to just two victories in 12 Ligue 1 games and is yet to win a home league match.
- The Frenchman criticised his players on a number of occasions and eventually sent some members of the first-team squad to train with the reserves.
- As a result he was suspended on Thursday while the club makes a decision on his long-term future.
- Henry won just five games across all competitions during his time at Monaco.
Henry and Petit spent a year together at Arsenal, but the latter didn’t hold back when asked about Henry’s torrid spell in charge of Monaco.
The World Cup-winning midfielder said Henry is yet to adapt from the mindset of a footballer to a manager.
“In his short time at Monaco, we have seen too many times his frustration on the bench. Also, he has made too many weird comments after games and he lets his frustration become too much,” Petit told Goal.
“It looks to me like he is still a player in his mind and he has to understand how to be 100 per-cent a manager. Maybe that has been his biggest problem at Monaco.
“Sometimes when you are a great player and then a TV pundit, you make comments that you might not make if you realise what it is like to be a manager.
“The world has changed so much and football has changed so much since Thierry was a player, so you cannot compare this game to what it was 10 or 20 years ago.
“I don’t think Thierry saw that coming when he went into Monaco. Maybe he felt his personality would be enough to turn this team around, but it hasn’t worked and as a manager, this will be a very big lesson for him.
“He understands that when you are a manager, you can have an impact on your team, but now he knows what it is like to feel helpless on the bench.
“When you are a player, you have the power to change what it’s happening on the pitch. Now he is not a manager 100 per-cent as he is still learning what it is like to have some of his power taken away and, as well, how to behave.
“He is still learning how to pick a team, set up his tactics, his man management skills and, on top of that as well, his body language and his communication needs to improve if he is to succeed as a coach.”
Vieira ‘understands how to be a manager better’ than Henry – Petit
Petit went on to heap praise on Patrick Vieira, another former Arsenal player who has ventured into management in France.
Vieira’s OGC Nice are currently eighth in Ligue 1, six points off the Champions League places and 16 points above Monaco.
And Petit believes Viera is better prepared for management than Henry at present.
Petit added: “Patrick is a calm guy and he understands how to be a manager better at this moment.
“We saw how he handled the situation with Mario Balotelli, for example. He was fed up with this guy, put him out of his dressing room and now he has gone to Marseille. That sends a strong message to the dressing room.
“Patrick is learning very quickly and the time he had in MLS with New York City and when he was training the Manchester City academy was also helpful or him. His experience as a coach before he took on a job in a big league was important for him and maybe this is why he has done better than Thierry.”