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Darren Purse appointed U23s Manager

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Cardiff City Football Club is delighted to announce that Darren Purse has been appointed in the role of Under 23s Manager.

Former Club Captain Darren spent four years at Ninian Park between 2005 and 2009, making 123 appearances for the Bluebirds and scoring 12 goals. In total, he made over 650 career appearances before beginning his coaching career with Oxford United’s Academy in 2018.

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Speaking of the appointment, Cardiff City FC Executive Director & CEO, Ken Choo, said: “To be able to welcome Darren back to our club in this critical position is something I’m extremely happy to be announcing today.

“City supporters know Darren and what he brought as a player in terms of professionalism and commitment. Having somebody with that experience and personality working with our young players will be invaluable as we look to bring more exciting talent through in the coming years.”

Head of Academy, David Hughes, added: “We are delighted that Darren is returning to Cardiff City to influence and support our young players on their development pathway. Instilling core values such as those which Darren had as a player is essential in preparing players for first team football.

“Darren epitomised the club’s values as a former club captain and as a coach will be a role model for all. We are delighted to have him back at the club and in the Academy’s coaching team.”

Darren’s first home game as Cardiff City U23s Manager will be against Ipswich Town on January 11th 2022 (11am kick-off). Details of a live stream of this fixture will be made available closer to the time.