Thierry Henry has been suspended from his coaching duties at relegation-threatened AS Monaco.
“AS Monaco announces that it has decided to suspend first-team coach Thierry Henry. Franck Passi will train the professional group this Friday.”
Monaco currently sit in the relegation zone, having earned just 15 points from 21 Ligue 1 matches.
On Tuesday, Monaco were bounced out of Coupe de France in a 3-1 loss to Ligue 2 side Metz, which prompted questions to Thierry Henry about his future with the club.
The former World Cup winner with France responded, “My future? Owners would decide when they need to decide. I am more worried for Monaco’s future. I already said that.”
In their last Ligue 1 outing, Monaco were thumped 5-1 at home by Strasbourg. Henry was caught launching a profanity-filled tirade at Strasbourg defender Lala.
Monaco’s next match is Saturday against another relegation-threatened club, Dijon
Henry was forced to apologise after being caught calling Strasbourg defender Kenny Lala’s grandmother “a whore” after he delayed a throw-in with the score still 2-1.
Monaco have brought in players in the transfer window but Henry’s former Arsenal teammate Cesc Fabregas — who arrived from Chelsea — was at fault for Strasbourg’s third, while fellow new arrival Naldo left them with an uphill battle after being sent off in the seventh minute.
However, escape from the relegation zone is possible as the two sides immediately outside the bottom three — Caen and Amiens — face Champions League-chasing Montpellier and Lyon and can be caught should the pair lose to their high-flying opponents and Monaco beat Dijon.
City manager Guardiola, however, does not agree with Monaco’s decision to suspend Henry, who played under him at Barcelona.
“I don’t understand it but it’s none of my business,” Guardiola told reporters. “I don’t make the decisions.
“I’m so sorry for him because I know him well and he’s an exceptional person.
“Football is like this, but it’s none of my business.”