Morison bolsters backroom staff at Cardiff City

Graham Stack, Steve Morison and Patrick Wilson

Graham Stack, Steve Morison and Patrick Wilson

CARDIFF CITY boss Steve Morison has bolstered his backroom staff with the appointment of Graham Stack as Goalkeeper Coach and Patrick Wilson as Head of Performance.

Stack, 40, replaces Andy Dibble, who left at the end of last season after five-and-a-half years at the club. He joined under Neil Warnock and stayed on with Neil Harris, Mick McCarthy and Morison.

Stack joins from Watford, where was Head of Academy Goalkeeping and had also been first-team goalkeeper coach for nine months.

Wilson is taking his first job in football after a career in rugby union. The Irishman spent eight years with European giants Munster, as Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach and Head of Athletic Performance, before joining Bath in 2019 as Head of S&C and then Head of Performance.

He replaces Carl Serrant, the former Head of Fitness and Conditioning, who left after almost five years in February to become Assistant Manager at nearby Newport County.

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Stack said: “I’m really pleased to be here, it’s an incredible place. I actually came to Cardiff on trial while I was at Plymouth Argyle and spent a month in the city, and thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

“Steve Morison is someone I have spoken to a lot over the years through football and after discussing the plans for the future, this felt like the right move for me.

“I’m delighted to be coming in to work with the goalkeepers that we have, and I believe it is going to be competitive. We’ve got some incredible talents on that side.

“Everyone has been hugely complimentary about the Club. It’s exciting times for Cardiff City. We’ve got a lot of new faces, who will be looking to make a positive impression. This project is something I’m really looking forward to being a part of.”

Wilson said: “The discussions I’ve had with Steve Morison to date have been brilliant. He’s given me such clarity around his game, and has provided me with plenty of information about the players we have, and the type of things he wants to put in place.

“It’s going to be such an exciting, challenging task to prepare a team, physically and physiologically, to go out and be competitive twice a week.

“What I bring is my knowledge of the physical and physiological side of these elite athletes, and ensuring that they are ready to implement the manager’s gameplan come competition.

“Pre-season is the time where you get an opportunity to understand more about what the players are capable of, both physically and psychologically. We’ll devise strategies which will help the boys see out a game plan, and that’s what pre-season is all about.”

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