Paul Nixon is returning to Leicestershire as head coach.
Nixon, who has twice won the Caribbean Premier League in three attempts as head coach of the Jamaica Tallawahs, returns to a club he represented across four decades, during which time he lifted five trophies.
Following what seems set to be a popular appointment with fans and the wider cricket community, the famously enthusiastic former keeper-batsman said: “I am immensely proud and honoured to be returning to Leicestershire County Cricket Club as head coach. The club has always been close to my heart and I have lived in the city of Leicester for 30 years, so I know how much it means to everyone here.
“There are a lot of good people at the club. We have a lot of loyal members, supporters and sponsors, and I want to bring the good times back to Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
“I enjoyed lots of success as a player with the Foxes. We won the County Championship twice and got to five T20 Finals Days in nine years, winning on the three occasions we got to the final. I’d like to thank the club for believing in me. I know that I can make a positive impact in my new role and I can’t wait to get started.”
Nixon’s challenge is a substantial one. The club finished bottom of Division Two in the County Championship without a win in 2017. His predecessor Pierre de Bruyn was sacked after one season in charge.
Leicestershire chief executive Wasim Khan said: “We are delighted that Paul has agreed to rejoin us as our head coach. Paul is dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable, and has been a huge part of successful changing rooms both as a player and coach.
“Paul will get the very best out of the players. He has a positive outlook, a great attitude, and is a winner. All of those attributes make Paul the perfect person to take Leicestershire County Cricket Club forward.”
Forty-six-year-old Nixon played in Leicestershire’s County Championship successes of 1996 and 1998 and appeared in five T20 Finals Days for the club, including the three title wins of 2004, 2006 and 2011. Nixon scored 19,418 runs and claimed 1,231 dismissals for Leicestershire in 714 appearances across all three formats.