Osian Roberts

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Osian Roberts
Personal information
Place of birth Anglesey, Wales
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Wales (assistant manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Bangor City
Furman University
New Mexico Chiles
Teams managed
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 assistant manager of the Welsh national team. He has been described as "the most influential man in Welsh football."[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

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

Football[edit]

Roberts was a central midfielder,[1] and captained the Welsh Schools side.[2] He played in North Wales for Bangor City,[1] before moving to the United States at the age of 19 after receiving a scholarship to attend Furman University.[1] 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]

On 21 July 2015, Roberts was promoted to assistant manager of the Welsh national team.[3]

Television[edit]

A documentary series about Roberts called Byd Pêl-droed Osian Roberts was shown on S4C .[2][4]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Cardiff City coach Paul Trollope joins Wales set-up". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Osian Roberts - On TV". Football Association of Wales. Retrieved 5 April 2014.