Thierry Henry has left CF Montreal.
The club issued a communication by email this morning at 1047 hrs announcing the development.
Henry who is stepping down for family reasons said, “It is with a heavy heart that I’ve decided to take this decision.
“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 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 Montréal. I would like to thank the fans, players and all the staff of this club that have made me feel so welcome.
“I would also like to thank Kevin Gilmore, Olivier Renard and of course Joey and all of the Saputo family for giving me this wonderful opportunity. We had an impossible year together and to make the playoffs with this group of people is an experience that I will never forget.
“Thank you all for being there on this journey and I wish you all the success for the future.”
The club’s reaction was portrayed through Sporting Director Olivier Renard...
“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.
“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 process of finding a new head coach is already underway and I will be looking for someone who is aligned with the philosophy we have implemented.”
Thierry Henry was appointed head coach on November 14, 2019. In 2020, he led the team to the MLS playoffs for the first time since the 2016 season after a record of eight wins, 13 losses and two draws. In a regular season marked by the pandemic he enjoyed only three home games at Stade Saputo watched by a combined total of 750 spectators.
Under his leadership, the team also reached the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Champions League.
President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Gilmore and Sporting Director Olivier Renard will be holding a video-conference for the media at 12 noon today.
More to follow.....