Forest Green head coach Rob Edwards enjoyed a long career where he played for a total of nine clubs in 14 years and was promoted to the Premier League twice. He also earned 15 caps at the international level for Wales. His career was cut short due to injury and he hung up his boots at 30. After such a big decision, Edwards did not waste any time in getting into management.
“Football is a strange thing. You can have your aims or targets, but it is hard to plan your route and journey,” Forest Green boss Rob Edwards said. “When I retired, I knew I wanted to go into coaching. I was already on my A license and found myself going in at Manchester City and Wolves, working with the U16s. One thing led to another and my first role was as an U18s coach at Wolves, which was a brilliant first experience.”
“In the first year, I moved up quite quickly with the first team and then had three years at first-team level, working as a coach. I did a year as manager at Telford in the National League North, then back in to do the Wolves U23s, which I did for a year-and-a-half. I have had a good mix of experiences.” he added. “I was working with some great people, some really good coaches, obviously top players and I learned a lot. I felt really privileged to be in that job coaching the U16s and assistant for the U20s.”