Aleksandr Golovin believes Thierry Henry’s failure at Monaco was down to an inability to switch off ‘the player inside of him’.
Henry lasted just 104 days in the Monaco hotseat before being replaced by Leonardo Jardim in January – the manager he himself replaced just a few months previous.
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- Henry replaced Jardim at Monaco in October in his first managerial role.
- The ex-Arsenal forward struggled, though, winning just four of his 20 games in charge.
- Jardim was brought back to replace Henry in January with Monaco in the relegation zone.
- They have since climbed to 16th in Ligue 1.
- Midfielder Golovin believes Henry was ‘too nervous’ during his time at the Stade Louis II
Although Jardim has since managed to lift the club to 16th and seemingly away from relegation trouble, Henry left Monaco having managed just two wins from his 12 league games in charge with relegation a serious prospect.
And Golovin admits Henry seemed too nervous in his role as manager, a factor he feel eventually led to his downfall.
The Russia international said in an interview: “Maybe Henry didn’t kill the role of the player inside of him.
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“When things weren’t working out during practice he would get nervous and yell a lot. Maybe it was unnecessary.
“He was a very strong player and the only players near his level at Monaco are maybe [Radamel] Falcao and [Cesc] Fabregas.”
Golovin: Henry would scream ‘try to get the ball away from me!’
Golovin also revealed that when things weren’t going his way, Henry would jump in and perform training drills himself in an effort to show his players how things should be done.
He added: “He would try to go out onto the field and show us how to practice and yell.
“Maybe a different manager would say ‘let’s go, get it together’, but he would get nervous right away and run onto the field and start playing and showing us things.
“He would scream ‘try to get the ball away from me’. Players were mostly calm, but maybe they were in a bit of a shock.
“You could tell he didn’t fully transition into the role of manager.
“There were times when he would feel hurt and not talk to us and review tactics for hours. After Jardim came back, positivity during training came back.
“It’s much harder being the main coach rather than the fun assistant manager when you realise everything is on your shoulders.”
Golovin did, however, admire Henry’s passion for developing youth players.
“He wanted to advance the youth at the club and brought up 6 players to train with the main team. He trusted young players and I liked that,” he said.