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CF Montreal manager Thierry Henry resigns

1998 World Cup winner cites 'family reasons' as reason for stepping away from Canadian club

Can Erozden   | 25.02.2021
CF Montreal manager Thierry Henry resigns

ANKARA

Thierry Henry resigned Thursday from his post as CF Montreal manager, according to the Canadian football club.

The Quebec-based team said that the former French football star left the club for "family reasons" citing that he could not see his children because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Henry, 43, said that 2020 was "extremely difficult."

"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 Montreal," said Henry.

One of the greatest football players in history, Henry won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA EURO 2000 title with his native France.

He was the 2002 and 2004 English champion with Arsenal.

Henry helped Barcelona win the 2009 UEFA Champions League. He also won back-to-back Spanish La Liga titles with Barca in 2009 and 2010.

CF Montreal hired the longtime former Arsenal forward as the senior team manager in 2019.

Henry led the Canadian club to the US top-flight Major League Soccer playoffs in 2020.

During his tenure at CF Montreal, the team reached the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Henry previously served as assistant manager in 2016-2018 for the Belgian national team. He also managed Monaco in France in the 2018-19 season.

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