Thierry Henry has left his role as manager of CF Montreal, citing family reasons as the main driver behind his departure after just over a year in charge.

Monaco's French head coach Thierry Henry looks on during the French L1 football match between Lyon (OL) and Monaco (ASM) on December 16, 2018, at the Groupama Stadium in Decines-Charpieu near Lyon, central-eastern France. (Photo by ROMAIN LAFABREGUE / AFP)
Thierry Henry looks on during the French L1 football match between Lyon (OL) and Monaco (ASM) on December 16, 2018. (Photo by ROMAIN LAFABREGUE / AFP)
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Writing on Twitter, Thierry Henry confirmed that he was taking the decision to return to his family in London and leave CF Montreal. Whilst he said he was grateful for the opportunity, it was too difficult being away from his children all year.

Henry was recently linked with the manager job at AFC Bournemouth, but the club ended up sticking with their interim boss Jonathan Woodgate. Perhaps the 43-year-old will look for another managerial job in the UK after his return.

Henry’s spell in management so far hasn’t gone particularly well. He left AS Monaco after 20 games with a 20% win rate, and now he’s leaving CF Montreal at 31% after 29 games.

His team finished the last MLS season in ninth place of the 14 teams in the Eastern Conference, 18th out of 26 overall.

Yet you can’t really know how much of that is coaching and how much is the team he was left with. Montreal finished in exactly the same positions the previous season, so the worst you can say is that he didn’t significantly improve them.

As an Arsenal fan, you have to hope he’ll find more success in his next role. For the time being, I’m sure he’ll take some time to enjoy being around his family again.