Monaco sacks club manager Leonardo Jardim due to poor results.
The France’s Ligue 1 club have been poor this season and occupy the 18th spot on the ‘French Elite Division’ table.
Monaco haven’t won a game in all competitions since after their opening day victory over Nantes.
The team went on to lose their last four matches raising questions on the state of the team.
Owing to this poor showing, Monaco have replicated same outcome at the Uefa Champions League. Their performance has threatened their chances of qualification from the group.
Monaco’s recent home defeat to Angers made matters worse for the French club as they failed to register a single shot on target.
It is bizarre, then, that many are shocked by Jardim and Monaco’s parting of ways.
And stranger still that this appears to be a genuine case of mutual agreement, with everyone leaving on good terms.
That this is the case speaks volumes for the amazing work that coach Jardim has done in the past four years at the club.
Monaco have in the past four seasons qualified for Champions League, finishing third on two occasions, and second once.
In the 2016/2017 season, Jardim led the little-believed, inexperienced Monaco side to doing the unthinkable – winning the Ligue 1 league, ahead of the mega-rich PSG.
It was so great and rewarding a season for Monaco that they reached the semi-final of the Champions League.
Though many saw Leonardo Jardim in first couple of seasons as an adept defensive-minded tactician, the title-winning campaign showed that he was equally able to implement an exciting, attacking style when the tools are in his disposal.
Aside on-field success, Jardim’s greatest legacy is off the pitch.
His ability to transform young talents into some of the best footballers in the world has paid out, not only for the players themselves but for Monaco’s coffers.
Stars coach Jardim raised at Monaco
The sale of stars like Yannick Carrasco, Benjamin Mendy, Anthony Martial, Geoffrey Kondongbia, Lavvin Kurzawa, Bernardo Silva, Tie’moue’ Bakayoko, Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar, and Fabinho have brought in more than £700m.
Sadly and rightly said, things are not just working out behind the scene at Monaco. Jardim has been unable to motivate his young and old players to raise their game at a period like this.
His departure is clearly the best solution for all involved, and an €8 million pay-off will certainly sweeten the pill for him.
Words from the Club’s board and fans
Monaco club president Dmitri Rybolovlev and Vice-president Vadim Vasilyev will always be grateful to Jardim for what he helped the club achieve. The fans are not left out in pouring encomiums on the coach, and despite the disappointing season, his stocks remain high.
Every journey that has a beginning always surely has an end; and for Jardim at Monaco, the end has come.
The development potentially paves the way for Thierry Henry to become their next manager after their former striker was linked with the role.