AS Monaco reportedly sack head coach Leonardo Jardim for the second time in just over a year
Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco have reportedly sacked Leonardo Jardim once again, as per Nice-Matin via GFFN. The Portuguese manager was sacked in October 2018 after a relatively successful four years in charge at Stade Louis II, only to be reinstalled as head coach just a few months later as Theirry Henry's disastrous attempt at management came to an end in January 2019.
Jardim led an exciting Monaco side featuring the likes of Fabinho, Kylian Mbappe and Bernardo Silva, and more, who have all been cherrypicked by some of the biggest clubs in Europe. The three names above are now at Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester City respectively.
Having made stellar sales almost throughout the entirety of his first spell in Monaco, Jardim was eventually sacked after failing to overturn a poor run of results and disappointing exits from the UEFA Champions League, where he led the team to the semi-finals in 2017.
Thierry Henry was appointed as the Portuguese's heir and his mind-numbing record of 4 wins, 5 draws, 11 losses and a -21 goal difference in 20 games forced Monaco to revert to their previous managerial appointment and bring back the 45-year-old.
This time around, despite bringing in the likes of Wissam Ben Yedder, Islam Slimani, and more to Stade Louis II, the Principality club languish in 7th place on the Ligue 1 table. Jardim's side have picked up just 28 points in 18 fixtures, winning 8, drawing 4 and losing 6.
For what it's worth, should this be the case and the former Sporting Lisbon manager get the sack, his last game would have been a 5-1 thrashing of Lille with star man Ben Yedder bagging a brace. More importantly, AS Monaco would have begun the year by re-appointing their former manager and possibly end the year by sacking Jardim.
Former Spain manager Robert Moreno and former Valencia coach Marcelino are both in contention to assume the role at Stade Louis II.Published 29 Dec 2019, 01:43 IST