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.
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.
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.
First Team Physiotherapist
Ed joined the Club's Academy in November 2011 and worked within the Club's medical department, ensuring a smooth transition for Academy players from their apprenticeships to first-team level. Ed was originally senior physiotherapists for our Development/U21 squad, before stepping up to first-team physiotherapist in 2015.
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.
Having played for the Swansea City Academy, Ben moved to Hartpury College in Gloucester before graduating from Loughborough University with a degree in Sports Science with Management.
Ben began working with the City first-team during the 2012/13 season, before coming a full-time member of staff under Russell Slade in 2015. He is a qualified UEFA B Licence Coach and is ISAK Anthropometry body composition accredited. Ben is responsible for first-team data collection, player monitoring, body fat assessments and daily physiological monitoring. He is involved in end-stage rehabilitation programs, recovery and hydration protocols.
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.
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.