London (AFP) – Championship club Cardiff City appointed former Wales international Paul Trollope as their new head coach on Wednesday.
Trollope was hired as successor to Russell Slade, who was removed as manager at the end of the season and has taken up a new role as the club’s head of football.
The 43-year-old former Bristol Rovers boss had been part of Slade’s coaching team since February 2015 and had no qualms about accepting Vincent Tan’s offer, despite reports the Malaysian owner has often been involved in first-team affairs.
Cardiff missed out on the Championship play-offs after finishing eighth and Trollope promised he would do the job his way as he looks to steer the Bluebirds into the Premier League.
“I’m honoured to get this position, it’s a good challenge and one I’m looking forward to getting started with,” Trollope said.
“It’s a good club and it was an absolute no-brainer to do the job.
“Every coach and manager has got their own philosophies, their own way of playing, handling players and preparation.
“I’ll bring my own style to that, and anyone who knows me knows that I’ve got clear ideas of the way things should be on and off the pitch at a football club.”
Trollope also works as an assistant to Wales manager Chris Coleman and said he would remain involved at Euro 2016 before considering his international future once the tournament is over.
“I’m due to meet up with Wales in preparation for the Euros and that doesn’t change,” he added.
“After that there will be a discussion with Chris Coleman, the FAW and the club whether it’s viable (to stay).”