WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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Christian Edwards

CHRISTIAN Edwards resumed duties as first team manager of Cardiff after Wayne Allison stepped down in September 2017, six months after Edwards had relinquished the role whole remaining the club's director of football.

Caerphilly-born Edwards began his professional career at Swansea City after joining the club as a youth player and made 112 appearances for before a £3,000,000 move to Nottingham Forest.

After a loan spell with Bristol City, he went out on loan twice in 2000/1, first to Oxford United and then to Crystal Palace. A year later he went out on loan again, this time to Tranmere Rovers, where he played 12 games before joining Bristol Rovers.

After a dip in form and a fractured arm, Edwards was released in the summer of 2006 but, after announcing that he would retire from professional football at the age of 30, he later went back on his decision and signed for Forest Green Rovers.

In January 2007, he joined Aberystwyth Town and later took over as caretaker manager following the resignation of Brian Coyne, becoming assistant to new boss Alan Morgan and spending four years at Park Avenue.

Edwards has one full Welsh cap which he gained as an 88th-minute substitute for Chris Coleman during a 2-0 defeat to Switzerland in April 1996. He also has two 'B' caps and won seven Under-21 caps. He has a first class degree from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff in sports coaching and subsequently completed a master's degree and a doctorate.

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22 October 2017

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