Duncan, Gillies and Nish all made it from player to coaching or managment at Leicester will Cambiasso be next?

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With the recent clear out of the first team coaching staff, seeing Sadler, Stowell and Knudsen being released yesterday, talk of course start to see who will be in the company of Enzo Maresca.

A name that has been mentioned is former player Esteban Cambiasso. He is well known in Italy and said to have been in a consultancy role when appointing Maresca.

The rumour about Cambiasso appeared early on and since leaving Leicester, he moved to Olympiacos in Greece, He finished his playing career there in 2017, adding up 28 league appearances and scored 2 goals. In his one season at Leicester his tally was 5 goals in 31 league appearances.

He has since leaving the game as a player been busy preparing his coaching education and carries at present a full pro license. So far his only known official work in coaching has been with the Columbia national team, being hired by his former Argentina boss, Jose Perkmann, and involved in preperations and during the 2018 World Cup.

Cambiasso left this position in September 2018, and has since not had any coaching roles of notice, but been in sports consultancy and punditry. Enzo Maresca is said to have drawn up a three year deal for his former assistant at Parma, Roberto Vitiello.

We will just wait and see if Esteban Cambiasso returns to the club, he has allready been back, visiting for a game vs. Man City at King Power in November 2017.

If he do return to a job at the club, he will not be the first to reunite, there are long traditions in hiring people with a player career behind them at the club.

Johnny Duncan is the first major name to come to mind, with the former record goalscorer also becoming the manager and in charge when Leicester in 1949 reached their first ever FA Cup final. Duncan played for the club from 1922 to 1930, and had the manager job from 1946 to 1949.

Arthur Chandler, another hero from this grand period in Leicester history, returned to the club after his playing career and had different backroom staff roles at the club all up to 1969 when he finally retired.

Matt Gillies went directly from playing to coaching at the club, and then serving the club as manager being in charge from 1958 to 1968, doing a grand job as Leicester reached two FA Cup and League Cup finals and being a steady team in the top flight during his time in charge.

David Nish and Frank McLintock are other examples of former players who returned to the club in coaching and management positions. Rob Kelly comes to mind, as well as Gerry Taggart, Allan Evans, Gerry Parker, Emile Heskey, Kevin MacDonald, Kevin Phillips and Ian Andrews.


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