Thierry Henry is expected to be unveiled as the manager of Montreal Impact on Monday.

MONACO - DECEMBER 11: Thierry Henry, Manager of Monaco looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League Group A match between AS Monaco and Borussia Dortmund at Stade Louis II on December 11, 2018 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MONACO – DECEMBER 11: Thierry Henry, Manager of Monaco looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League Group A match between AS Monaco and Borussia Dortmund at Stade Louis II on December 11, 2018 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Montreal Impact announced the appointment of the former Arsenal striker as their head coach on Thursday, with the club confirming he’s signed on for the 2020 and 2021 seasons, with an option for 2022.

Speaking to their official website, Henry said, “It’s an honour to coach the Montreal Impact and return to MLS.

“It’s a league I know well, in which I had some very nice moments. To be in Quebec, in Montreal, which has an enormous multicultural heritage, it’s extraordinary. I’ve always kept an eye on the club and now I’m here.”

For those who aren’t aware, the MLS works on a calendar year format, so Henry will be ready for the start of the new season. He’ll be presented to the media on Monday and take up his new role in mid-January when the club’s training camp begins.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Arsenal's French forward Thierry Henry (L) puts the ball beyond Liverpool goalie Jerzy Dudek for his second goal of the day during their premier league clash at Highbury in London, 09 April 2004. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Arsenal’s French forward Thierry Henry (L) puts the ball beyond Liverpool goalie Jerzy Dudek for his second goal of the day during their premier league clash at Highbury in London, 09 April 2004. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN

Henry spent time in the MLS as a player, playing for the New York Red Bulls for around four-and-a-half seasons, though he did spend a few weeks of that time back on loan at Arsenal.

“We are extremely happy to announce the nomination of this legend of the game,” said Montreal Impact president and CEO Kevin Gilmore. “Henry will bring a new energy to our club. He shares our vision to elevate this club and will help us achieve our goals on and off the field. He is a competitor and a leader who has proven himself at the highest level throughout his career. He now brings these qualities with him to Montreal, a place he wants to be.”

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 3: Striker Thierry Henry (L) holds up his shirt with Manager Arsene Wenger having been signed for Arsenal 03 August, 1999 from Juventus for an undisclosed fee. The 21-year old French international, who played under Arsene Wenger at AS Monaco was the leading scorer for the French World Cup winning squad at France '98 scoring three goals during the tournament. (Photo credit SINEAD LYNCH/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – AUGUST 3: Striker Thierry Henry (L) holds up his shirt with Manager Arsene Wenger having been signed for Arsenal 03 August, 1999 from Juventus for an undisclosed fee. The 21-year old French international, who played under Arsene Wenger at AS Monaco was the leading scorer for the French World Cup winning squad at France ’98 scoring three goals during the tournament. (Photo credit SINEAD LYNCH/AFP/Getty Images)

“We are extremely happy with the arrival of Thierry Henry,” said Montreal Impact sporting director Oliver Renard. “Young and dynamic, he’s very familiar with MLS and meets the qualities we were looking for in our search. This nomination, two months before the start of camp in January, will give us a chance to build our squad with the man that will lead it.”

In terms of managerial career, Henry started out with the Arsenal youth teams, before working as an assistant coach for the Belgium national team. His only previous appointment as the head coach of a senior side was with AS Monaco, though he only managed a 20% win rate across 20 games before being sacked.

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