Thierry Henry cited household causes for his choice to step down as head coach of CF Montreal, the organisation introduced on Thursday morning.
The transfer additionally comes amid a number of media shops reporting that Henry had interviewed for the vacant place at Bournemouth.
“It is with a heavy heart that I’ve decided to take this decision,” Henry mentioned in a membership assertion. “The last year has been an extremely difficult one for me personally. Due to the worldwide pandemic, I was unable to see my children. Unfortunately due to the ongoing restrictions and the fact that we will have to relocate to the US again for several months (at least) will be no different. The separation is too much of a strain for me and my kids. Therefore, it is with much sadness that I must take the decision to return to London and leave CF Montreal.”
Henry, 43, turned the coach of Montreal on Nov. 14, 2019. He guided the membership to an 8-13-2 report in 2020 and a berth within the playoffs earlier than dropping to the New England Revolution within the play-in spherical.
“Thierry’s departure is unfortunate and premature because this was very promising, but he informed me of his desire to be back with his family because the situation was and remains very difficult for both him and his family,” CF Montreal Sporting Director Olivier Renard mentioned. “I want to thank him, first on a human level because he led the players by example last year by being away from his family, but also from a sporting level and for what we have built together since his arrival. We wanted to elevate this club and we are on the right track.
“The strategy of discovering a brand new head coach is already underway and I might be searching for somebody who’s aligned with the philosophy we have now carried out.”
The MLS is ready to kick off the 2021 season on April 17.