FIRST-TEAM STAFF APPOINTMENTS: LENNIE LAWRENCE & Dr RYLAND MORGANS
28 June 2016
Lennie Lawrence and Dr Ryland Morgans join the Bluebirds' back-room...
Cardiff City Football Club is pleased to announce that the new first-team coaching structure has now been finalised.
As such, we are delighted to welcome Lennie Lawrence back to Cardiff City as Assistant Coach to Paul Trollope. James Rowberry will share the Assistant Coach title having impressed in his role as First Team Coach at the club since October 2014.
Lennie was Cardiff City manager between 2002 and 2005, famously guiding us to the Division 2 (now League One) Play-Off Final victory over Queens Park Rangers in 2003. With his vast experience in the game, knowledge of the Club and having previously worked with Paul Trollope, it is felt that having Lennie back in the Welsh Capital will be of huge benefit to the coaching setup and playing staff.
Scott Young will henceforth take up the dual role of Academy Defence Coach and Club Ambassador. The Club would like to thank Scott for his role within the first-team coaching setup during the past eighteen months and is delighted that he will continue offering his experience to our younger players as part of the Club’s overarching structure.
In addition to the appointment of Lennie, Cardiff City FC is pleased to confirm the appointment of Dr Ryland Morgans as Performance Director.
Ryland will bring with him a wealth of experience from the Champions League and Europa League having previously worked for Liverpool FC. He also worked at Fulham FC in the Premier League, whilst has enjoyed a number of promotions with various EFL clubs. Ryland is currently Head of Performance for the senior Wales national side, having previously worked under Gary Speed and now Chris Coleman, alongside Cardiff City Head Coach, Paul Trollope.
Ryland gained his BA (Hons), MSc and PhD from Cardiff Metropolitan University in science and football and has also held the UEFA Pro Coaching Licence since 2010. Ryland will oversee all first-team performance, fitness and medical matters, working closely with Head of Fitness & Conditioning, Lee Southernwood and the Club’s experienced medical and fitness staff.
Furthermore, Martyn Margetson has agreed a new contract to stay at the football club whilst continuing his role as Goalkeeping Coach with the Welsh national side.
Speaking about the appointments of Ryland and Lennie, Executive Director & CEO Ken Choo said: "We are delighted to bring people with the experience Dr Ryland and Lennie have to the Club and hope that they can play an important role in helping us achieve our ambition of promotion back to the Premier League.
“We have put together a strong back-room coaching team this summer which we believe will help maximise the potential within our playing staff."
Head Coach Paul Trollope added: “I am delighted to finalise my back room staff ahead of the forthcoming season.
“We've worked very hard over the past month to secure their services and I feel it's a highly experienced, driven and ambitious staff with complementary expertise and attributes to move the club forward both on and off the pitch.”