Former Bolton Midfielder Named Monaco Assistant Coach

  • December 23, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton midfielder Franck Passi has been appointed to the role of assistant coach at French side AS Monaco.

Passi, who made 49 appearances for Wanderers between 1999 and 2001, retired from playing at the age of 35 following his time with the Trotters.

Aside from a brief spell in caretaker charge of Spanish side Compostela in 2004, Passi has spent the entirety of his time since back in his native France - holding various roles at Marseille, including assistant manager and two separate spells as caretaker manager.

The 52-year-old oversaw 15 games as interim boss at Lille in 2017 and has now been named as the assistant to Thierry Henry at Monaco, who languish in the relegation zone in Ligue 1 following a 2-0 defeat at home to bottom club Guingamp on Saturday.

Speaking prior to that game, Passi said he hoped to use his vast experience to help Henry and Monaco work themselves back to a position where they are challenging at the top of the table - having finished 2nd last season.

"I want to thank Vadim Vasilyev and Thierry Henry for thinking of me," Passi told

"I am very happy to be able to help AS Monaco. I will use my experience of my past clubs to make it better here and the club take off.

"I take things as they come, I'm not a coach with a projection at ten, fifteen years. I felt ready after the discussion with Thierry Henry. We have the same values ​​of football which is very important to work together. I think we can bring each other, that's why I wanted to come here to work.

"Thierry Henry the boss and I the assistant, I came in these conditions. I know what I have to do as number two, follow the guideline of Thierry Henry, the number one. What's important is to work as a team, we all have to apply their ideas."

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