Osian Roberts

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Osian Roberts
Osian Roberts.jpg
Roberts in 2015
Personal information
Place of birth Anglesey, Wales
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Morocco (technical director)
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 Furman Paladins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Bangor City
1984–1985 Bethesda Athletic
Llangefni Town
1989–1990 New Mexico Chiles
Teams managed
1990 New Mexico Chiles
1996–1999 Wales U16
1996–1999 Wales U18
1999 Wales B
1999–2007 Porthmadog
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Osian Roberts is a Welsh football coach who is technical director of the Morocco national team. He has been described as "the most influential man in Welsh football."[1]

Early life[edit]

Roberts was born in Anglesey,[1] and was brought up in Bodffordd on the island.[2]


Roberts was a central midfielder,[1] and captained the Welsh Schools side.[2] He played in North Wales for Bangor City, Bethesda Athletic and Llangefni Town,[1][3] before moving to the United States at the age of 19 after receiving a scholarship to attend Furman University.[1] At Furman, he was named Southern Conference player of the year in 1986 and 1988.[4] He later played in the American Professional Soccer League for the New Mexico Chiles, where he was player-manager.[2]

After returning to Wales, he became Anglesey's Football Development Officer in 1991.[1]

Roberts resigned as manager of Porthmadog to take up his position as technical director of the Welsh national team.[1] He has also coached the Wales under-16, Wales under-18 and Wales B teams, as well as helping coach the women's under-17 team.[1] In 2014, he was the subject of documentary series called Byd Pêl-droed Osian Roberts; it was shown on S4C.[2][5]

On 21 July 2015, Roberts was promoted to assistant manager of the Welsh national team.[6] In November 2017, after Chris Coleman left the role, Roberts stated that he wished to become the new national team manager.[7] Roberts was kept on as assistant manager following the appointment of Ryan Giggs.[8]

On 1 August 2019 it was announced that Roberts had become technical director of the Morocco national team.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Osian's a football power in Wales". Wales Online. 24 June 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "Byd Pêl-droed Osian Roberts". S4C. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Wales Assistant manager Osian Roberts awarded Honorary Fellowship". University of Wales Trinity Saint David. 12 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Furman University media guide (2012)" (pdf). Furman University. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Osian Roberts - On TV". Football Association of Wales. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Cardiff City coach Paul Trollope joins Wales set-up". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Osian Roberts hopes to succeed Chris Coleman as Wales boss". BBC Sport. 25 November 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Wales football: Ryan Giggs to keep Roberts on Wales staff". BBC Sport. 23 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Osian Roberts: Wales assistant manager appointed Morocco's Technical Director". BBC Sport. 1 August 2019. Retrieved 27 August 2019.