João Tralhão: Thierry Henry is a top class coach and Monaco was a great learning experience

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Many analysts and pundits look at Thierry Henry’s time at Monaco and discuss it. You were a man integral part of his coaching staff at the club. How do you reflect upon that experience now?

Monaco is one of the biggest clubs in Europe. The culture is amazing and everyone at the club was top class. All very professional and driven. We had top class coaches at the club and from the president down, everyone at the club was very supportive.

Unfortunately, despite so many positives, we were unable to find the results we needed. The impact on the club was massive and I hope that they can find the right path to success because I have nothing but positive things to say about the club.

Having worked first hand with Thierry Henry, do you think he can go on to become a top class coach?

Credit: joshjdss / Henry during his role as Arsenal youth team coach after the game against Olympiacos.

He already is a top coach. He has great human qualities and top leadership qualities too. I believe in him. He will be coaching at the top level of football in the future.

Montreal Impact is a massive club in Canada and in MLS. I know he will succeed there and return to Europe to be one of the coaches at a top club in Europe because his footballing philosophy is very positive.

He was undoubtedly one of the best players in the world when he played the game and there is no reason why he can’t go on to show that that same level of talent as a coach.

Having worked with him at Monaco, would you like to work alongside him again one day?

Of course. Unfortunately, at the time that Thierry went to Montreal, I was unable to join him for personal reasons. It was my ambition to go with him to Canada but as I say for personal reasons I couldn’t do so.

It’s not in my hands but of course I would love to work with him again because I know he that he has the ability to become one of the best coaches in the world in the upcoming years.

If Thierry wants me to join him again then it would be a great honour to join his coaching staff again.

Published by Callum McFadden

Football CFB founder. Freelance football writer & broadcaster of over 350 interviews with professional players and managers across all levels of football.

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