Bluebirds appoint David Hughes as new Academy boss

Last updated : 09 November 2020 By BBC Sport

C:WindowsTempphpE07.tmpCardiff City have named former Bluebirds player David Hughes as their academy head of coaching.

Wrexham-born Hughes, 42, has worked in youth coaching at Shrewsbury, Watford, Aston Villa and Southampton.

He will oversee all sides in Cardiff's youth set-up from under-nine to under-23 level.

Cardiff say former Wales Under-21 defender Hughes will also work with first-team staff to help academy players progress to their senior side.

Hughes made 17 Cardiff appearances between 2001 and 2003 after joining from Shrewsbury for £450,000, having previously played for Villa and Carlisle.

"I'm really excited and pleased to be here," Hughes told Cardiff's website.

"This is a very exciting opportunity because Cardiff City has an important place in my heart."

Hughes began his coaching career with Barry Town and then Port Talbot Town, and also had a spell working for the Football Association of Wales.

His most recent role was at Southampton, where he was head of academy player development.