Rudkin was appointed the Academy Manager at Leicester City in June 2003 having previously been a schoolboy in the City youth system himself when he was 16. After working as a coach on a part-time basis Rudkin took up the full-time post of Head Coach at the then centre of excellence. During that period Leicester produced a number of outstanding talents which have progressed from the Academy to the first team – including Emile Heskey and Matthew Piper. Rudkin holds the UEFA A licence and has completed the Academy Director's licence. On August 29, 2007, he jointly took over managerial responsibility of Leicester after Martin Allen left on mutual consent.
Rudkin has since overseen the development of players through the Leicester City youth academy such as Andy King, Joe Mattock, Richard Stearman, Jeffrey Schlupp and Liam Moore. All five having gained international recognition in the form of either a full international cap or and as well as an Under-21 international cap.
- Allen ends brief Leicester reign, BBC Sport , Retrieved on 31 August 2007