Exciting moves for Mark Hudson, Conor Coady, and Darren Byfield
From the Bluebirds to the Blades: Mark Hudson joins Paul Heckingbottom’s backroom staff
After Cardiff City parted ways with then-manager Mark Hudson in early 2023, a two-part video capturing his family’s reaction to the initial appointment and subsequent sacking went viral.
The first clip, from November 2021, shows Hudson’s sons congratulating him as he tells them: “I got the assistant [manager] job at Cardiff City.” In the second clip, taken 14 months later, the former Bluebirds captain is seen comforting his sons as he shares the news of his dismissal with them: “Don’t worry — that’s football.”
Months later, Hudson reflected in an interview: “Waking up three days after leaving Cardiff, I wanted to be back. Whether that’s as a coach in a unit, head coach or manager. There are so many different ways of doing it that I find fascinating.”
Now, the 41-year-old Football Careers client has the opportunity to bring his extensive experience and unique skillset to the Premier League as he takes up the role of defensive coach with Paul Heckingbottom’s Sheffield United.
Hudson — who made over 400 professional appearances as a player for the likes of Crystal Palace, Charlton Athletic, Cardiff City, and Huddersfield Town — told Sheffield United’s website:
“I’m delighted to be here and join as we move into the Premier League.
“I’ve spoken to Hecky (Paul Heckingbottom) a few times. When Hecky and Jack (Lester) were in the Academy, I came across and watched them for a few days, and I’ve kept in contact since then really.
“I got a phone call a couple of weeks ago, had a good chat over the phone with Hecky, then came in and discussed the role and his expectations, including what I can add to the group — because all the staff have specific roles and areas of the team to focus on.”
With Jack Lester leading the strikers, assistant manager Stuart McCall overseeing midfield, and Matt Duke as goalkeeper coach, Hudson’s addition to the club means Heckingbottom now has expertise in each area of the squad ahead of what promises to be an exciting Premier League campaign for Sheffield United.