Leonardo Jardim leaves Monaco after poor start to Ligue 1 season

Leonardo Jardim has departed his post as Monaco manager by mutual consent after a run of 10 winless games left the French club third-bottom of Ligue 1 and bottom of their Champions League group.

The 44-year-old, who joined Monaco in June 2014 and took the club to a league title in 2017, told their website: “I’m grateful and proud to have been AS Monaco coach for more than four years. I’ve always given my very best and worked with passion. We achieved some great victories together and I’ll always keep those memories.”

The Portuguese manager departs with the club having mustered just six points from nine league games. Monaco opened the season with a 3-1 win away at Nantes but followed it with six league defeats and two draws, as well as losses to Atlético Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in Europe. Sunday’s 2-1 home defeat to Rennes further increased the pressure on his position and he leaves amid speculation that Thierry Henry is in line to start his managerial career at the Principality club.

Monaco’s chief executive Vadim Vasilyev said: “I want to thank with deepest respect Leonardo for all the work [he has] done. His passage will remain as one of the most beautiful pages in the history of the club. Leonardo will still be part of the Monaco family.”

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