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Leonardo Jardim should not be blamed for Monaco’s struggles

Monaco’s misguided transfer policy made Leonardo Jardim’s job impossible. He did well to thrive for so long

By Eric Devin for Get French Football News

This is how it ends, then. Monaco’s glorious money-spinning project, so potent and so impressive for the better part of four seasons under Leonardo Jardim, went through one too many rotations and now the manager has left the club by mutual consent. The results – with no wins in their last 10 games – weren’t pretty, but Monaco are in this position because they were short-termist, they over-reached in the transfer market and they alienated their key players.

Jardim’s career before joining Monaco was an itinerant one. He spent single seasons at Braga, Olympiacos and Sporting Clube de Portugal before being appointed to succeed Claudio Ranieri in June 2014. Little was expected of Monaco in Jardim’s first season in charge. Owner Dmitry Rybolovlev’s finances had changed to the extent where the club’s flagship signings, James Rodríguez and Radamel Falcao, were moved on – Rodríguez to Real Madrid for €80m and Falcao on loan to Manchester United to take him off the wage bill – and this process of exporting players for big fees has continued under Jardim. Over the last four seasons, the club have brought in more than €750m from selling players.

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