Former Argentina international Matias Almeyda, who lined up alongside Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino in Argentina’s 2002 World Cup squad, has emerged as a shock candidate for the managerial hotseat at Leicester City.
Almeyda, 43, is the current manager of Liga BBVA MX side Guadalajara, having previously had spells in charge of River Plate and Banfield in his home country.
His Guadalajara side are currently 15th in Mexico’s top division, with 12 points from 14 games, but the ex-Argentina international midfielder is, according to the Mirror, one of those being considered for the Foxes’ managerial position.
Almeyda played for a host of clubs in his time as a player, including River Plate, Sevilla, Lazio, Inter Milan and Parma. The defensive midfielder-turned manager made 35 appearances for the Argentina national team.
His honours list as a player includes a Serie A title, the Copa Libertadores, the UEFA Super Cup and an Olympic silver medal, so he’s no stranger to success.
He has won six trophies as a manager, although none of them in major competition; that said, a job like the Leicester City managerial position could be the springboard he needs to become a successful manager on a bigger stage.