The Montreal Impact set all of Canada buzzing when they announced the hiring of Thierry Henry as their new head coach on Thursday, and it showed when the French icon arrived in his new city later in the day.
Henry was mobbed by a crowd of fans, media and well-wishers as he cleared customs at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, with camera operators and autograph- and selfie-seekers flocking as IMFC supporters serenaded him with chants and songs. You can watch an extended video of his arrival above.
“Great. I didn't expect this many people,” Henry told one reporter when asked how he was feeling about his new project. “I'm ready for the challenge.”
It’s just his second stint in a top managerial job, following in the wake of his brief and ill-fated time in charge of Ligue 1 giants Monaco a year ago. Henry has signed a two-year deal with the Impact, with an option for a third season.
The Impact are seeking an end to their three-year playoff drought in 2020, a season that will begin early for the Quebec club thanks to their participation in Concacaf Champions League as 2019 Canadian Championship winners.