Former Manchester United full-back Gabriel Heinze set for his first managerial role

Gabriel Heinze has already chosen his assistant coach, with reports from Argentina suggesting he's about to accept his first top-flight managerial position.

Having started his professional career with Newell's Old Boys in Argentina, following sixteen years playing for some of the biggest sides in Europe, the footballing adventure of Gabriel Heinze concluded in full circle, as he ended his playing days where it all began.

Along with Newell's, Heinze featured for Real Valladolid, Sporting Lisbon, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Marseille, and Roma, before heading home to the Argentine top-flight.

Now the 37-year-old is taking his first steps into football management, hopeful that his glittering career and wealth of experiences, will provide him with all the right ingredients for a successful coaching career.

His first managerial post, according to a number of Argentine media outlets, looks set to be Argentine Primera Division side, Godoy Cruz, amidst speculation that their current head coach, Daniel Oldra, is about to be given the push.

The strongest hints of all came somewhat accidentally, via another club, who currently play in the Argentine lower leagues - Sarmiento de Leones - who announced the departure of their first-team boss, Mariano Toedtli, along with the explanation:

"He will continue his professional career as assistant coach to Gabriel Heinze, the widely recognised player who experienced great success in both French and English football, and the Argentine national team."

Neither Toedtli or Heinze have yet confirmed where they'll be working together, although in Argentina, it's practically seen as a foregone conclusion, that they'll replace Oldra at Godoy Cruz over the coming days.

Interestingly, Heinze turned down an opportunity to join Marcelo Bielsa in a coaching role with Marseille, in April 2014, preferring to continue his last playing spell with Newell's, whilst also gaining his coaching qualifications there.

Most recently, there was also speculation in Argentina that Heinze might also have one last playing fling. He recently received an offer from the Indian Super League, with Delhi Dynamos strongly linked. That approach now seems to have been rejected.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch