Rowberry leaves Cardiff after eight years to take charge of Newport

Rowberry gained his Uefa Pro Licence at the age of 29

Rowberry gained his Uefa Pro Licence at the age of 29

JAMES ROWBERRY has left Cardiff City after eight years to join League Two Newport County.for his first job in management.

The 36-year-old takes over from Wayne Hatswell, who has been in caretaker charge since the departure of Mike Flynn after almost five years at the beginning of October.

Rowberry, who was first-team coach for the Bluebirds, has a strong association with Newport. He was born in the town, played for their youth team and went on to become Academy and then first-team coach for them.

And the link goes even further than that, because his grandfather Jimmy Jenkins and father Stephen both played senior football for the club. Rowberry joined Cardiff City's Academy in July 2013 as Head of Coaching before progressing to become first-team coach in July 2016.

He was one of the youngest coaches in the UK to gain the Uefa Pro Licence, at the age of 29, and spent seven years working with the Football Association of Wales as a coach educator.

He is adept with technology and analysis and provided the link between the bench and the club’s performance analyst, Jack Radusin, on match days. Rowberry will be present at Rodney Parade to watch Newport's League Two match against Carlisle tomorrow evening.

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