Iceland assistant tips Gunnarsson for coaching role
Cardiff star Aaron Gunnarsson is a "great leader" who can become a successful coach, according to Iceland's assistant manager.
The Bluebirds captain made his international comeback last week in Iceland's 2-0 Uefa Nations League defeat to Belgium - earning his first cap since the World Cup.
It was agreed that he would miss Monday's friendly against Qatar because he is still managing his training load after a troublesome knee injury.
But he has remained with the Iceland squad and taken on a new role as an unofficial coach, according to assistant boss Freyr Alexandersson, who is in no doubt that Gunnarson has the qualities to make a success of this at the end of his career.
He said: "It's great to get Aron in. I felt his performance against Belgium, I'm just saying magnificent. The little things he does for the team are invaluable. His leadership, character and presence are of the highest class in the world.
"Aron is a great leader and great to have him around the group. It is very important for these young boys to see how he works. Of course, it would be better to see him more on the training field than he is because of difficult injuries. He is unique. He thinks well and is a true pro.
"I hope he goes on training when he stops playing. I think he's got a lot to give."
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