Thierry Henry has officially left his position as Monaco first-team coach as Leonardo Jardim returned to the helm of the relegation-threatened Ligue 1 club.
Former France, Arsenal and Barcelona striker Henry replaced Jardim at the Stade Louis II in October, signing a deal until 2021, but was unable to improve their fortunes.
He was suspended with immediate effect on Thursday pending a final decision on his future, with Monaco languishing in the French top flight’s drop zone.
On Friday night Monaco confirmed the reappointment of Portuguese head coach Jardim on a two-and-a-half-year contract – at the same time Henry was reflecting on his brief tenure in a statement posted on Twitter.
Henry wrote: “It is with great sadness that I part company with AS Monaco. Despite the struggles and difficulties that we encountered along my short journey, I have still thoroughly enjoyed my time at this wonderful club.
“My ambition and philosophy from the day I joined will always be that the club comes first. I strongly believe in this squad of players and that the team with all the recent new signings is now in a better shape to tackle the second part of the season and to go on a winning run and fulfil its full potential.”
Under the 41-year-old, who started his professional career at the principality club, Monaco won just two of 12 league games and were beaten 5-1 at home by Strasbourg on Saturday.
Monaco, who have signed Cesc Fabregas, Naldo, Fode Toure and Lyle Foster this month, were also knocked out of the Coupe de France on Tuesday night, losing 3-1 at home to Ligue 2 side Metz.
Henry added: “I would particularly like to thank (vice president) Vadim Vasilyev and (director) Michael Emenalo who afforded me this opportunity at my boyhood club and of course the fans and staff who have given me such a warm reception during my tenure.
“I sincerely hope that my successor will now take AS Monaco onto greater strengths and I wish them all the success for the future, starting with a win in Dijon and lifting the cup and getting us back into Europe!”