First Team Manager
Russell Slade was appointed Cardiff City First Team Manager on Monday, 6th October 2014, succeeding former Boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
Born in Wokingham, Berkshire, Russell’s first step into management was as Caretaker Manager of Notts County in 1994. He took on a similar role at Sheffield United in 1998 - and again in 1999 – before securing his first permanent managerial position at Scarborough, in 2001. A successful spell at Grimsby Town followed in 2004, before Russell became Yeovil Town Manager in 2006 and guided the Glovers to the League One Play-Off Final the following May. His achievements at Huish Park saw him named as the 2006-07 League One Manager of the Year – an award he won for a second time this summer as Leyton Orient Manager, having taken the reins at Brisbane Road in 2010.
Interim Backroom Staff
Russell Slade is currently supported by an interim backroom staff, including Scott Young, Danny Gabbidon, James McCarthy, James Rowberry, Kevin Nicholson and Darran Lovell.
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).
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.
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, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and now, Russell Slade.
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.