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Hernan Crespo has secured the head coach role with Argentina Primera Division side Banfield which will see him try his hand at management once again.

The former Argentine striker, who scored 35 times across 64 appearances for his nation, has been without a job since he was sacked as manager by then Serie B side Modena in March 2016.

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Prior to that, Crespo’s only coaching experience saw him take charge of Parma’s youth team in 2014, a position he left when the club was temporarily disbanded in 2015.

Crespo will formally take over at Banfield on January 2 next year with current manager Julio César Falcioni set to depart the club after a match against Union on December 8.

Banfield currently sit 12th in Argentina’s top-flight and have only ever won the first division title once back in 2009.

The club is far from one of the country’s biggest, but names like James Rodríguez and Javier Zanetti have come through with the club before becoming stars in Europe

Now 43, Crespo’s playing career began in the Primera Division with River Plate before stints in the Serie A with Parma, Lazio and Inter Milan.

The former forward’s best years were towards the turn of millenium, as he scored 20 goals in four consecutive seasons from 1998-2002 as a member of Parma and Lazio, including a 2000-2001 campaign that saw the Argentine fire 26 league goals.

A move to the Premier League with Chelsea in 2003 saw him loaned out twice across a five-year spell with Crespo joining Inter permanently in 2008 and ending his playing career with Parma in 2012.