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.
Former Club Captain Scott assumed control of first-team affairs, in conjunction with Danny Gabbidon, following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in September, 2014.
Having stabilised the team with a win against Sheffield Wednesday and draws at Derby and Brighton, Scott became an integral part of new permanent Manager Russell Slade's first-team coaching setup, as Assistant Manager.A highly regarded one-club man with over 20 years of service to Cardiff City Football Club.
Former City 'keeper Martyn rejoined the Bluebirds as first-team goalkeeping coach in October 2014, having spent the previous three seasons at West Ham United.
Having retired from the playing side of the game in 2006, Martyn became the Club's senior goalkeeping coach and was part of Dave Jones' management team that led Cardiff City to the 2008 FA Cup Final, 2010 Championship Play-Off Final and 2011 Championship Play-Off semi-final. He left for East-London following Jones' departure in 2011, returning as part of Russell Slade's coaching staff to replace former goalkeeping coach, Richard Hartis.
First Team Coach
James joined Cardiff City Football Club’s Academy coaching setup in summer 2013 as Lead Development Coach. He has an extensive coaching catalogue behind him, including four years working alongside the First Team and Development Team at Newport County AFC.
A UEFA pro-licence coach, James spent seven years working with the FAW as a Coach Educator.
First Team Coach & U21s Manager
One of the first FA Elite Coaches in Great Britain, Kevin graduated with the FA Elite Coaches Award earlier in his career as one of the World’s top 16 young coaches. A holder of the UEFA ‘A’ Licence qualification, he was selected by the LMA to be part of its Leadership Education Programme.
Prior to becoming Cardiff City U18s Manager in 2013, Kevin enjoyed successful spells with Derby County, Stoke City and Exeter City. He has been instrumental in the development of a number of young players who now play regularly in the Barclays Premier League and Sky Bet Championship – a key factor, along with his exemplary track record, in the decision to appoint him in this critical role. Kevin will retain first-team match-day duties as part of Russell Slade's backroom staff.
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
Senior First Team Physiotherapist, Adam, from Devon, began working with the Bluebirds at the start of the 2005/06 season after graduating with Honours from Cardiff University as a Chartered Physiotherapist.
Adam has helped structure and deliver the Medical Programme at Cardiff City which is now given to the First-Team squad on a daily basis. Further study has seen him complete his MSc in Sports & Exercise Physiotherapy at Cardiff University, whilst publishing in a number of international journals in the fields of injury treatment and rehabilitation.
Adam is a lifelong athlete, having successfully competed at national and international level. His practice within the field of elite sport saw him work with numerous squads during the 2012 London Olympic Games and as Team Wales Physiotherapist for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Head of Fitness & Conditioning
Lee began his career in the Army serving with the Royal Signals, before transferring to the Army Physical Training Corps and specialising in the rehabilitation of injured soldiers. During this time, he worked with a number of football and rugby clubs including Bath Rugby, Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town – the latter being where he first met Russell Slade. Lee joined Russell at Leyton Orient in 2011 as the Club’s Head of Sports Science.
An accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach with a degree in Sports Science and Masters in Strength in Conditioning, Lee is responsible for the design, implementation and management of all sports science provision at Cardiff City Football Club. He works closely with the Club’s coaching and medical staff on a daily basis to ensure the optimisation of players’ conditioning and recovery schedules.
Senior 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).
Performance & Recruitment Analyst
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.
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.
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.