Nixon returns to Leicestershire as head coach

Paul Nixon celebrates a Leicestershire triumph with the fans Getty Images

Leicestershire have appointed Paul Nixon, their former captain, as the new head coach.

Nixon, twice the winning coach with Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League, enjoyed a long and successful playing career with the club. He played in the County Championship winning sides of 1996 and 1998 and the T20 winning sides of 2004, 2006 and 2011. He made his Leicestershire debut in 1989 and was captain 2007 and 2008.

He faces a tough task at Leicestershire, however. The club finished bottom of Division Two in the County Championship without a win with his predecessor, Pierre de Bruyn, sacked after barely a year in the role.

"We are delighted that Paul has agreed to rejoin us as our head coach," Leicestershire chief executive Wasim Khan said. "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."

"I am immensely proud and honoured to be returning to Leicestershire as head coach," Nixon said. "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.

"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."