Ole Gunnar Solskjær
One of the most recognised and admired players of the modern British era, Kristiansund-born Ole Gunnar Solskjær began his playing career with Norwegian 3rd Division side Clausenengen.
In 1995, Ole made the move to Tippeligaen (Norwegian Premier League) side Molde FK, where he would go on to score 20 goals in his debut season with the Club. The impact he made attracted the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United, with Ole making the move to the English Premier League ahead of the 1996/97 campaign.
The subsequent 11 years would see Ole establish himself as a Manchester United legend. Not only would he become one of the finest strikers to where the famous Manchester United shirt, but it was he who scored the winning goal for the Red Devils in the famous 1999 European Champions League final against Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp. He would make almost 70 appearances for Norway during this time, scoring 23 goals for his country.
Ole moved into coaching following his retirement from the playing side of the game in 2007. He began as Manchester United Reserve Team Manager, spending three years in this position before returning to his homeland and former club Molde as First Team Manager. Ole and his staff guided Molde to back-to-back Tippeligaen titles in 2011 and 2012 and won the Norwegian Cup in 2013, once again alerting the high profile clubs of Europe that showed similar interest in his talents during his playing days at the club. Ole became Manager of Cardiff City Football Club on January 2nd 2014, succeeding Malky Mackay in the role.
Mark began his playing career with Manchester United in the early 1980s, before moving on to Sheffield United, Rotherham United and finally, Macclesfield Town. He also enjoyed loan spells at Swindon Town and Chesterfield during that time.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær became close friends with Mark during the latter's early coaching career with the Manchester United under 16 age groups, prior to the Bluebirds Boss taking the role as Reserve Team Manager at Old Trafford. In 2009, Mark moved to Norway to work with the first-team at Tromsø IL, from where he would eventually leave to join Ole as Assistant Manager at Molde FK.
Richard began his coaching career in 1988, working as part of the Sheffield United youth setup. He spent three years with the Blades, prior to crossing the Atlantic to Pennsylvania in the United States where he spent six successful seasons coaching male and female college soccer. In 1996, Richard returned to the UK before taking up the role of Academy Goalkeeping Coach at Leeds United. He enjoyed three years at Elland Road, prior to spending the 2000-01 season with Leicester City.
His next move would be to Manchester United, where Richard was appointed Senior Academy Goalkeeping Coach. He oversaw the first-team setup, during the 2007/08 season – at the end of which United were crowned as Premier League Champions and European Champions League winners. It was during this time that Richard began forming a close professional relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjær who was, at that stage, coaching the first-team forwards prior to assuming the role of Reserve Team Manager. The two worked closely at Old Trafford prior to leaving for Molde FK.
Richard took up the position of Senior Goalkeeping Coach at Molde in January 2011, spending three successful years in Norway as the Club secured back to back Tippeligaen titles and the Norwegian Cup. A key figure in Ole’s coaching team in helping establish a winning and performance culture on and off the field, Richard joined Cardiff City in January 2014.
First Team Coach
First Team Coach Danny Keough began his playing days at Manchester United before moving to Finland at the age of 21. He returned to the UK with Exeter City with whom he spent two seasons, prior to another spell of playing abroad - this time in Germany.
Danny ended his playing career in the German lower-leagues, prior to taking his first steps into coaching whilst in the country. In 1996 he once again returned to British shores where he enjoyed coaching spells in non-league football with Mossley AFC and Witton Albion.
In 2003, Danny returned to Old Trafford to join the Manchester United Academy Coaching Staff. He would enjoy 10 successful years nurturing the young Red Devils, prior to joining Ole Gunnar Solskjær at Cardiff City in January 2014.
Head of Conditioning
Cardiff City's Head of Conditioning, René first became involved in professional sport when he took the role of Fitness Coach at Danish club Brøndby IF, in 1998.
Remaining at the Danish Superliga club for the following decade, René took on the position of Reserve Team Manager before assuming his previous role during the period that his cousin, Michael Laudrup, was Head Coach.
Fulham Manager René Meulensteen took the Manager's job at Brondby in 2006 whom René continued to work for as Fitness Coach, though it was during the 2008/09 season that René Skovdahl became Brondby's Assistant Head Coach. In 2011 he left Denmark for Norway, specificially to take on the role of Assistant Coach at Molde FK with Ole Gunnar Solskjær. He followed Ole to Cardiff City in January 2014.
Hywel Griffiths MCSP HCPC
Head of Medical
Since graduating from UWIC in Sport Science and Bath University with a BSc (Honours) in Physiotherapy, Hywel Griffiths has been working in a variety of clinical settings, both in the UK and New Zealand, prior to becoming the founder director of Therapyworks Ltd, a successful Chartered Physiotherapy Practice in 1998.
Hywel has since been involved as physiotherapist for elite sporting teams around the globe including a role as National Physiotherapist to the Welsh Rugby Union. He has published in a number of fields in the search of competitive advantage in sport, including Inspiratory Muscle Training, Training Load & Strain and relationship to Injury and the link between muscle strength and injury incidence.
Further to this Hywel completed his MSc in Sport & Exercise Medicine and is now a lecturer and an examiner on the course and lectures across the globe on Sports Medicine & rehabilitation. He joined the Bluebirds in a full-time capacity in 2014.
Adam Rattenberry MCSP SRP
First Team Physiotherapist, Adam, from Devon, began working with the Bluebirds at the start of the 2005/06 season after graduating from Cardiff University as a Chartered Physiotherapist.
He made his move into full time football at the start of the 2008/09 season and has helped develop the Medical programme at the Club which is now delivered to the first-team squad on a daily basis. He is a lifelong athlete, having successfully competed at national and international level and has been involved with numerous teams and squads during the 2012 London Olympic Games and 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
An accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach with the UKSCA (UK Strength and Conditioning Association), Mike linked up with the Bluebirds’ first-team set up ahead of the 2014/15 season. He initially joined the club as Development Squad Strength & Conditioning Coach in 2012.
Mike graduated with a degree in Sports Science and a Masters degree in Strength & Conditioning, gaining experience in rugby union and Welsh based Olympic and Paralympic squads, prior to the move into football. At Cardiff City, he is responsible for players’ strength, power, athletic development and injury prevention, whilst also involved in player rehabilitation programs.
Dr. Len Nokes
Len is Professor of Clinical Bio-Mechanics at Cardiff University. He has been attached to the medical staff at Cardiff City FC since 1992, firstly as crowd doctor and then club doctor for the past 11 years.
He is a consultant to FIFA, looking at the mechanisms of injuries sustained by players on artificial and normal turf. Len holds the Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine Great Britain and Ireland and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine (UK).
Chief Scout John has worked with Ole Gunnar Solskjær for the past three years - two of those as Chief Scout for Molde FK.
Having worked in the field of football talent spotting for the past 13 years, John established strong links with Manchester United from 2000. During this time of his career he found the emerging young talents of Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Mats Møller Dæhli - both of whom signed for the Bluebirds in the Barclays Premier League in January 2014.
Formerly employed by Watford, Mark joined Cardiff City's back-room staff in the autumn of 2011.
Working alongside John Vik, Martin Hodge and the Club's team of analysts, Mark plays a key role in the recruitment of players at Cardiff City Football Club.
Martin began his professional playing career as a goalkeeper with Plymouth Argyle, becoming their first choice man between the sticks at the tender age of eighteen in 1977. From the Pilgrims, Martin moved to Everton in 1979 and, following loan spells at Preston North End, Oldham Athletic and Gillingham, to Sheffield Wednesday in 1983.
It was during his time at Hillsborough that Martin truly established himself as a top-class goalkeeper, coming close to being selected for England's 1986 World Cup squad. He spent time later in his career with Leicester City, Hartlepool United and Rochdale before returning to Plymouth in 1994 where he remained until retirement in 1996.
After hanging up his gloves, Martin returned to Sheffield Wednesday as goalkeeping coach in '96 where he stayed in different capacities until leaving in 2004. He then joined Leeds United as their goalkeeping coach prior to the appointment of Dennis Wise and his new staff in 2006. Martin worked with Malky Mackay and his coaching team at Watford in a scouting role, before taking on a similar role as Opposition Analyst here at Cardiff City.
Originally from Newcastle, Graham graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a degree in Sports Coaching. He is a qualified Football Coach, Referee, Personal Trainer & Gym Instructor, and holds qualifications in eight other sports. He was awarded the Step Into Sport Silver Award for over 180 hours of Voluntary Service, coaching teams in Newcastle in one season.
Graham worked as a Performance Analyst and Academy Coach for three years with Bolton Wanderers, prior to moving to Cardiff City at the start of the 2011/12 season.
Ola, born in Kristiansund, Norway, played for local club Clausenengen in 1990 before moving onto Fyllingen and Sandviken in the Norwegian leagues. He returned to Clausenengen in the late nineties, prior to retiring from the playing side of football and taking up training and administrative duties at the club.
Ola took on a sports direction role at Clausenengen where he oversaw the progression of the Club’s U7-U12 groups. He joined Cardiff City in the summer of 2014 as part of the Club's Analysis department.
Kit & Equipment Manager
Ian played for Bath City under-18s prior to co-running the Community Project at Twerton Park. He joined Cardiff City as Kit Manager in 2001, working under Alan Cork, Lennie Lawrence, Dave Jones, Malky Mackay and now, Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
Ian is a keen sportsman and is still heavily involved in youth football in the Bath and Somerset Area. He is a qualified referee, and also holds a UEFA 'B' Coaching Licence.