Francis Benali

Where is Francis Benali now?

Francis Benali the Southampton legend who was extremely popular with the fans due to his whole hearted commitment to the club, spent a total of 17 years at Southampton before retiring in 2005.

Whilst still playing for Southampton, Benali started his coaching career managing the academy under 12s team before going on to have a two year spell as a youth coach at Romsey Town.

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Francis Benali is now head coach at the Matt Le Tissier Natural Coaching Academy which aims to bridge the gap between grassroots and academy football.

In December 2014 Francis Benali become the first recipient of the Barclays Spirit of the Game Award after he ran 1,000 miles and visited all 20 Premier League grounds for charity.

Benali also undertakes a lot of motivational and public speaking as well as working as a football pundit, predominantly on Southampton games for the likes of talkSPORT amongst others.

On transfer deadline day in August 2016, Benali announced that he had launched a new football agency with former Southampton team mate Matthew LeTissier.

Called 73 Management, their agency will work not only with players but their families as well and represent players for the good of their careers rather than to look for easy-money deals.

In October 2016, Benali raised thousands of pounds for Cancer Research by running and cycling to every Premier League and Championship stadium in two weeks.

In recognition of his efforts, not only for charity but also as a player and coach, Benali was given the freedom of the city of Southampton.

Follow Francis Benali on Twitter @FrannyBenali

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Francis Benali: Premier League Statistics

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