Morientes appointed at Monaco
A statement has been released on Fernando Morientes’ official website from the man himself. The statement announces that he will be taking up management and already has signed a contract with former club AS Monaco. The statement itself explains his decision to return to football, become a manager, why Monaco and what he expects to achieve.
The statement reads –
“I am delighted to announce that not only have I decided to return to football but I already have a managerial appointment with AS Monaco!
This decision has come 2 years after my retirement from playing and what I felt was the game. I had fallen out of love with football, I know, it’s hard to believe! Around 8 months ago I was invited as an guest to attend an AS Monaco match. Whilst I was there I could feel myself getting the feeling of joy and I was feeling like I was, home. During the game it was announced over the tannoy that I was at the game. Almost instantly the crowd began to chant my name and I loved it! I was back to my old self, in love with the beautiful game.
It was there and then I wanted back in. I looked at my options and I felt management was the best way back in for me. So I began to train for my badges. During this process I was approached by Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev and he offered me the chance of becoming Monaco manager upon completion of my badges, if the position was vacant. I was in!
The chance to manage a team I had once fired to the Champions League final, where I was a cult hero and where I re-fell in love with the game was one I could not turn down. I thought I would become a manager in the lower leagues of Spain and work my way up. Never did I think I would be in-charge of such a big club, a fallen giant, if you will.
Over the course of my time here, which I hope is a long, long time, I hope to achieve firstly promotion back to Ligue 1 at the first attempt. After that I hope to get Monaco back into Europe and competing for the Ligue 1 title. My main aim is to win the Ligue 1 and the Champions League.
Thanks for all the support!”