Franck Passi To Join Henry At Monaco As Assistant

In this file photo taken on February 18, 2017 Lille’s French head-coach Franck Passi looks on during the French L1 football match between Caen (SMC) and Lille (LOSC) at the Michel d’Ornano stadium in Caen, northwestern France.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

 

Veteran coach Franck Passi has joined Monaco as an assistant to Thierry Henry, the struggling Ligue 1 club announced on Thursday.

The 52-year-old Frenchman reinforces a staff of first-time coaches with little Ligue 1 experience.

Henry, who is in his first management job, is rediscovering the French topflight, which he left in 1999.

Neither of his assistants has any experience in France.

Irishman Patrick Kwame Ampadu joined from Arsenal where he had spent six years coaching youth teams. Portuguese Joao Tralhao was a youth coach at Benfica.

On their web site, Monaco noted that Passi was familiar with both the French league and the role of assistant after working in that capacity under Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille and Lille.

Passi also worked under Elie Baup and Michel at Marseille. He had stints as head coach at Marseille and caretaker at Lille.

As a player, he spent the 1993-1994 season at Monaco and his brother Gerald is a scout for the club.

Monaco have won just three of 13 games in all competitions since Henry was appointed in October. They are 19th in the 20-team Ligue 1, three points away from safety.

Passi will be on the bench on Saturday when Monaco entertain the one team below them in the league, Guingamp.

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Henry’s Search For Victory Continues As Dijon Deny Monaco

Monaco’s French head coach Thierry Henry is pictured before the French L1 football match AS Monaco FC vs Dijon FCO at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco on October 27, 2018.
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Thierry Henry is still searching for his first victory as Monaco coach after the Ligue 1 strugglers drew 2-2 with Dijon on Saturday, while second-place Lille extended their winning run to four matches.

Henry, who took over from the sacked Leonardo Jardim earlier this month, needed a powerful header from centre-back Kamil Glik on 78 minutes to prevent Monaco crashing to a fifth straight league loss.

Germany full-back Benjamin Henrichs opened the scoring for Monaco on 30 minutes, but the 2017 French champions fell behind at home after Dijon responded with goals from Mickael Alphonse and Mehdi Abeid.

Monaco’s French head coach Thierry Henry reacts after the match. YANN COATSALIOU / AFP

 

Poland international Glik rescued a point for Monaco although they are now winless in 13 outings in all competitions and above bottom club Guingamp, who drew 1-1 with Strasbourg, only on goal difference.

“It’s good we came back for the draw, but it’s not a win. I’m trying to stay positive. I have to stay positive when things are tough,” said Henry, who lost Nacer Chadli to injury in the warm-up.

The Belgium international added to a mounting casualty list at Monaco, with Henry forced to field his fourth-choice goalkeeper in the 1-1 Champions League draw at Club Brugge on Wednesday.

Leading scorer Radamel Falcao hobbled off in Henry’s managerial debut last weekend, a 2-1 loss at Strasbourg, with Stevan Jovetic hurt midweek in Bruges and Rony Lopes still unavailable.

“Yes, the situation is difficult. We’re speaking about guys who aren’t here. But I want to talk about those who are, they’re the ones on the pitch trying to get the team out of this.”

“We didn’t lose in Bruges, nor today. Now we need to go and get a result away from home (at Reims next Saturday),” he added.

Leao leads Lille

Lille have surprisingly emerged as Paris Saint-Germain’s closest challengers, after the club narrowly avoided relegation at the end of last season.

Christophe Galtier’s side closed to within five points of PSG as Portuguese teenager Rafael Leao netted a 56th-minute winner in a 1-0 defeat of Caen on his first start for Lille.

Montpellier, unbeaten since the first weekend of the season, stayed in third after strolling to a 3-0 win at Toulouse with goals from Gaetan Laborde, Andy Delort and Junior Sambia.

Lyon climbed one spot to fourth with a 2-1 victory away to 10-man Angers.

The hosts played almost an hour with a man less after Ismael Traore was sent off for a crude tackle on former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele.

Houssem Aouar put Lyon ahead on 63 minutes and Memphis Depay added a second late on, but Lyon faced a nervy final few minutes after Cristian Lopez pulled a goal back for Angers.

Nantes secured a second win in a row under new boss Vahid Halilhodzic, the Bosnian forward who starred for the club in the 1980s, as Gabriel Boschilia and Emiliano Sala were on target in a 2-1 triumph at Amiens.

PSG take on great rivals Marseille on Sunday looking to match Tottenham Hotspur’s record of 11 straight wins in the 1960-61 campaign, the best start to a season in any of Europe’s top five leagues.

Marseille have not beaten their most bitter foes for seven years, but they received a boost on Saturday as Rudi Garcia extended his contract until 2021.

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Sanchez Denies Henry Told Him To Quit Arsenal

(File Copy) Alexis Sanchez                                                                                                                                  OLLY GREENWOOD / AFP

Alexis Sanchez has denied that Arsenal great Thierry Henry advised him to leave the club before his move this week to Premier League rivals Manchester United.

The Chile international clarified remarks he made referring to the Gunners’ record goalscorer after completing his much-anticipated switch to Old Trafford on Monday.

After the signing was announced by United, Sanchez wrote on Instagram: “I remember today, a conversation I had with Henry, a historic Arsenal player, who changed club for the same reason and today is my turn.”

Those comments have been construed to mean that Henry, who left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2007, advised Sanchez that it was time to move on.

Henry tweeted himself on Tuesday that this was not the case.

The Frenchman wrote: “I know I don’t need to explain this to the majority of Arsenal fans but contrary to speculation at no time did I tell Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal. I had no idea he was going to sign for Man Utd until I saw it on the news like the rest of you.”

Sanchez, 29, tweeted on Wednesday: “I want to clarify that Henry never told me to leave the club, it was a personal decision … he LOVES the club and someday it would be nice to see him as the arsenal coach because he loves the club.”

Sanchez, who scored 80 goals in 166 appearances for Arsenal, was in the final year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium after turning down a new deal.

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Shizzi Accuses Tunde Ednut, Masterkraft Of Jacking ‘Kosowo’

Tunde EdnutPopular music producer, Shizzi has accused singer, Tunde Ednut and producer Masterkraft of infringing on his intellectual property by using his instrumental on their newly released track titled Kosowo.

The matter has been taken up legally as lawyers representing Shizzi have served Tunde Ednut as well as popular Masterkraft a letter, threatening a suit.

The letter, which has been made available to Entertainment News on Channels TV, alleges that the instrumental for Kosowo was created in 2014 by Shizzi and that the instrumental was initially given to an unnamed A-list artiste, even though the project was pended after a few studio sessions.

Shizzi also claims Tunde Ednut released the song with the lyrical content of the A-list artiste playing a dominant role and is now demanding the song and newly released video titled be removed from all websites and social media.

Entertainment News reached out to Tunde Ednut, who said “write anything you want to but I have not copied anybody. If you want anything, ask Wande Coal, because he is the owner of the song.”

In a swift reaction, a representative of Wande Coal, Henry, confirmed to Entertainment News that the Black Diamond singer is the un-named A-list artiste in Shizzi’s letter.

“I know Shizzi produced the track for Wande and Tunde just came to our studio, heard it and just ran with it. It was Tunde who f***ed up and we are trying to clear this mess now”.

He added, “Last year, Tunde Ednut came to our studio and Wande Coal played different unfinished songs that he was working on for him.

“Wande never gave him Kosowo because he was still working on it with Shizzi. It was a surprise when we heard it on NOTJUSTOK.

“We’ve been calling him to come but he has refused. We never gave him the rights to the song because Wande still hopes to complete the song with Shizzi and release at a later date.”

Tunde Ednut has however gone ahead to release a music video for the controversial song.

Below is the letter from Shizzi’s lawyers and the newly released ‘Kosowo’ video.

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Wolves’ Coach Terry Connor hails team spirit

Wolves Coach;Terry ConnorCoach Terry Connor is upbeat concerning his palyers attitude and fighting spirit as they struggle to be above the waters of relegation from the English Premier League.

Presently,Connor’s Wolves are at the bottom of the table as the club is fighting hard to notch up four points so as to be safe from relegation after winning just one game in their last 10 matches.

As Wolves meet Bolton who are also not far away from being relegated on Saturday in a must win-game at Molineux,Connor assured that the attitude his players are carrying has shown that they are hungry to earn victory begining with Saturday’s game.

Connor said all 20 players he has in his kitty to choose from are all fired up as they report for training on time, eager to play and those returning from injuries want to prove that they are worthy of making a change to the squad’s recent performance.

The coach however promised that amidst the trove of players he has who are all willing to play against Bolton come Saturday he would be working really hard to make the best selection to come up against Bolton and score victory against them at Molineux.

Connor could have his options boosted this weekend with Karl Henry, Dave Davis and Stephen Hunt back in training, while Michael Kightly has shaken off the knock which forced him off against Norwich during the 2-1 defeat on Saturday.