As reported by BBC Sport, Monaco have given manager Thierry Henry the boot after the Arsenal legend failed to impress given 20 games at the helm. Henry took over from Leonardo Jardim in October but has been unable to lift Monaco out of the relegation zone.
The 41-year-old was linked with the vacant Aston Villa job after Steve Bruce was sacked but ended up taking a role in his native France instead, while Villa appointed then Brentford boss Dean Smith as their new manager.
Smith has done an unremarkable job so far but has kept his side in touching distance of the play-off spots, even if the Villans will have to both pull off some excellent results and count on others going their way between now and the end of the season if they are to earn promotion.
The 47-year-old currently boasts a 35% win rate with Villa having emerged victorious in six out of 17 games so far, while Henry won five out of 20 during his short tenure at Monaco, equalling a 25% win rate. However, the Frenchman lost a whopping 11 games, while Smith has been on the losing end of just 5 matches.
While many were surely hoping for the commercially appealing appointment of Henry when the Midlands outfit were in managerial limbo, it seems most of the Villa faithful are counting their lucky stars that the former striker snubbed them, meaning they went for sensible Smith.
You can check out the best of the reaction on Twitter below…
if you really think about things, the fact that the top brass @AVFCOfficial wanted #henry, then went for #deansmith, shows the people at the top of the club have no clue! Just saying #avfc #utv @oldmansaid @VillaBible @Dpn76 @doc3d @Ian66232919 @CamillaPayne7 @MatKendrick
— Aston Villa employee (@VillaEmploye) January 24, 2019
— Dane bird (@Danebird7) January 24, 2019
Dodged a bullet there I think #avfc
— APH ??????? ?? (@hutchavfc) January 24, 2019
— Chris Harte (@Christophe_197x) January 24, 2019
Thierry Henry sacked.
Snubbed a move to Aston Villa.
— Bothwell 'Well Maker' K 🇿🇼 (@bnkboi) January 24, 2019
Glad he turned villa down pic.twitter.com/9B8CG4jLv5
— Paul Court (@paul_the_great1) January 24, 2019
So glad villa didn’t get thierry henry after we sacked Bruce 😂
— Andy (@millzandy13) January 24, 2019
Henry was always gonna be an unproven risk at any club……and that’s what has happened to him. Smith has best work (hopefully) ahead of him at Villa
— Gary Pearce (@gazapearce) January 24, 2019