First Team Manager
Neil Warnock was appointed as Cardiff City’s First Team Manager on 5th October, 2016.
The sixty-seven year old has a wealth of managerial experience, having taken charge of fourteen other clubs prior to arriving in South Wales. He first made the move into the dugout at Gainsborough Trinity in 1980, following a playing career that saw him make three hundred and twenty-seven career league appearances at eight different clubs.
Warnock has earned promotion on seven separate occasions, famously leading Notts County to successive Play-Off victories to reach the First Division in 1991, and taking both Sheffield United (2005/06) and QPR (2010/11) to the Premier League. Before joining the Bluebirds, Warnock most recently led Rotherham United to Championship survival with an eleven-game unbeaten run, having joined the club in February 2016.
Kevin Blackwell joined the Bluebirds as Assistant Manager to Neil Warnock in October 2016.
Blackwell was a goalkeeper in his playing days, making two hundred and twenty-seven appearances between the posts for Boston United, among other clubs. He went on to play under Warnock at a number of sides having first worked alongside him at Scarborough.
He first took up coaching duties while still a player at Huddersfield Town and Plymouth Argyle, before going on to coach at sides including Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, Barnet and QPR. Blackwell has also gained significant experience as a manager, racking up three hundred and forty-three games at the helm at Leeds United, Luton Town, Sheffield United and Bury.
First Team Coach
Ronnie Jepson became First Team Coach at Cardiff City in October, 2016.
A former striker, Jepson scored eighty-six league goals during an eleven year Football League career for sides including Preston North End, Exeter City, Huddersfield Town and Bury.
He moved into the back room with Burnley after hanging up his boots at Turf Moor in 2000. Jepson went on to manage at Gillingham, helping to steer the side away from relegation, before later taking up coaching roles at Huddersfield Town, Crystal Palace, QPR, Leeds and Bury.
Andy Dibble was named Cardiff City FC's First Team goalkeeping coach on Thursday, 12th January 2017.
Cwmbran-born Andy began his professional career with the Bluebirds in 1982, before going on to represent Luton Town, Manchester City, Rangers and Wrexham, among others.
The former stopper's return to the Welsh capital saw him link up for a second time with Neil Warnock, following their spell at Rotherham United during the 2015/16 season.
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 prior to becoming first-team coach in October 2014. James was appointed Assistant Coach to Paul Trollope in July 2016, in conjunction with Lennie Lawrence.
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.
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).
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.
Senior First Team Physiotherapist
Nick joined Cardiff City FC during the 2015/16 season. Prior to his appointment he taught and managed health professionals at physiotherapy clinics throughout the South West of England, whilst undertaking his master’s degree.
He has over twelve years’ experience within professional sport, having worked at various Football League clubs and managed the rehabilitation of a broad range of athletes, including Team GB members.
Sports Massage Therapist
Paul first joined Cardiff City part time in 1995 and has worked at the Club throughout the years since, stepping into a more prominent role in the medical team four years ago.
A former Welsh international competitor in both gymnastics and trampolining, Paul has worked at the highest level with his SMT in all sports.
He is a current Sports Massage Therapist and has worked with many teams, including the 1999 World Cup winning Australian cricket team and 2000 Tri-Nations teams. Paul also formed part of the Wales medical team during their superb journey to the UEFA Euro 2016 Semi Finals in France.
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.
Assistant First Team Analyst
Jack graduated with a BSc in Football Coaching and Performance from the University of South Wales in June 2015, and was appointed Development Squad Analyst with the Bluebirds in the same month.
He had previously worked as an analyst supporting the Club’s Academy age groups, alongside his university studies. The 2016/17 season will see Jack start his new role as Assistant First Team Performance Analyst.
Player Liaison Officer
Originally from Treorchy in the Rhondda valleys, Callum studied French & Welsh at Cardiff University, graduating in 2013.
As Player Liaison Officer, Callum assists with administration relating to City's playing staff, as well as facilitating the integration of new players into the team and life in Cardiff. He has been at the Club since July 2013.
Kit & Equipment Manager
Formerly of Birmingham City and, more recently Stoke City, Kit & Equipment Manager Paul joined the Bluebirds’ back-room team for the 2016/17 season with Premier League and Europa League experience.
He is responsible for all daily first-team match kit and boot preparation and travels with the squad to all fixtures. Paul is also a qualified FA Level 2 coach.