Leicester City have announced a restructure of their coaching staff this afternoon.

Michael Appleton departs as assistant manager , with Jacques Bonnevay taking his place in Claude Puel’s set up at City.

Pascal Planque, Mike Stowell and new first-team coach Adam Sadler have joined Bonnevay at the King Power Stadium.

Bonnevay won’t be a household name in Leicester , with the Frenchman hanging up his boots in 1993 following a spell with Red Star Belgrade.

Michael Appleton during his period as Leicester City caretaker manager
Michael Appleton during his period as Leicester City caretaker manager
(Image: Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Playing career

Bonnevay, a defender by trade, started his career at Sochaux – spending nine years in eastern France.

He made 146 appearances before moving to Marseille, where he stayed for two years in which he captained his side to a French Cup final defeat to Bordeaux.

A move to Le Harve beckoned, but after just 24 appearances he moved back down to Nice, where he played for three years before a move to French second-tier side Red Star, where he hung up his boots after 19 years.

With 351 appearances and five goals under his belt, Bonnevay’s journey to Leicester City was to begin.

Coaching career

After calling time on a distinguished career, Bonnevay joined Beauvais Oise in 1993 as part of the coaching staff.

The following year he became assistant manager at AS Nancy where, in 1997, he became the head of the club’s academy.

Two years later he was given the top job at Beauvais and guided them to an immediate return to the French third division.

An improbable Ligue One berth was obtained in 2002 before leaving for Troyes and took his new side to the semi-finals of the Intertoto Cup before a defeat to Villarreal.

Bonnevay branched out after leaving Troyes, which took in a brief spell at Angers, coaching abroad in Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

He returned to France, taking up a post as director of Nantes’ academy in 2009.

He assisted Gernot Rohr, in charge at Niger, in the African Cup of Nations in 2013 in his next coaching experience.

A fleeting stop in Turkey with Trabzonspor under Vahid Halilhodžić would follow before following him to Japan in 2015.

Bonnevay wouldn’t make it to the World Cup, leaving the Japanese set-up following Halilhodžić’s sacking just two months before the World Cup.

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