Former Manchester United midfielder and Russia international, Andrei Kanchelskis has been named the head coach of FC Navbakhor of Namangan city, replacing Ilhom Muminjanov, who had been at the helm since 2016. The club said he signed the contract until the end of the season with the option of extending for one more year.
As a player from 1988 to 2006, he was a right winger, and is remembered for his spells with English clubs Manchester United and Everton, and in Scotland with Rangers. He is the only player in history to have scored in each of the Glasgow, Merseyside and Manchester local derbies. He also played in the top flight of English football with Southampton and Manchester City, as well as also appearing as a professional for Dynamo Kyiv, Shakhtar Donetsk, Fiorentina, Al Hilal, Saturn and Krylia Sovetov.
Navbahor FC, on 39 points, is placed fourth in the Uzbekistan Super League. With 9 matches remaining, the club will be trying to grab one of the three berths for the Asian Champions League group stage.
Namangan province is located in eastern Uzbekistan and is the province where the Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov was born.