Football: Monaco fire coach Jardim after poor start to season

Football: Monaco fire coach Jardim after poor start to season

FILE PHOTO: Ligue 1 - AS Monaco v Stade Rennes
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - AS Monaco v Stade Rennes - Stade Louis II, Monaco - October 7, 2018 AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim before the match REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo

PARIS: Ligue 1 club AS Monaco fired coach Leonardo Jardim on Thursday (Oct 11) following a poor start to the season which has left last season's runners-up 18th in the 20-team table.

After beating Nantes 3-1 away on the opening day of the season, Monaco have failed to win any of their subsequent eight league games and have lost both matches in their Champions League group.

"Monaco have ended their collaboration with Leonardo Jardim," the club said in a statement.

Portuguese Jardim said: "I am grateful and proud to have trained AS Monaco for more than four years. I always gave my best and worked with passion. We had some great victories together and I will always keep those memories."

French and British media have reported that former France international Thierry Henry is the favourite the replace him.

Jardim previously coached Camacha, Chaves, Beira-Mar and Sporting in Portugal and Olympiakos Piraeus in Greece.

Born in Venezuela to Portuguese parents, he was appointed by Monaco in June 2014 and led them to third place finishes in his first two seasons in charge.

In 2016-17, Monaco upstaged big-spending Paris St Germain to end the capital club's run of four successive titles, before finishing second last term.

"I want to congratulate Leonardo... for all the work he has done. Leonardo established himself as a reference point in Europe and left a very positive balance," said Monaco vice-present Vadim Vasilyev.

"His time here will remain as one of the most beautiful pages in the history of the club. Leonardo will always be part of the AS Monaco family."

Source: Reuters/nh