Mark Hudson Settles in as Cardiff City Boss
Mark Hudson’s stellar stint as interim boss of Cardiff City has seen him appointed as First Team Manager at the English Championship club until the end of season 2022/23.
The 40-year-old Football Careers client, who spent five years in Wales with the Bluebirds as club captain from 2009 to 2014, returned to City’s coaching staff a year ago. He took charge of the team after the exit of Steve Morison on October 1 and guided his team to an opening 1-1 draw with Vincent Kompany’s table-topping Burnley.
Since the restart after the World Cup hiatus Cardiff have won more points in draws with Stoke and Blackpool and now lie 20th place in the cut-throat 24-team division ahead of hosting Queen’s Park Rangers on Boxing Day. Hudson reflected:
“I’d like to take the opportunity of thanking Tan Sri Vincent and the Board for putting their faith in me and my backroom team. I’d also like to thank the City fans for their support, they are as passionate and committed as I always remembered them being during my time as a player. It’s an honour to be back here as Manager and I’ll be doing my utmost to take this club forward, as I always have.”
Tom Ramasut remains as Assistant Manager alongside newly appointed First Team Coach Dean Whitehead and Goalkeeping Coach Graham Stack who are both fellow Football Careers stablemates of Mark’s.
Mark’s journey from player to coach
Hudson saw it all in a playing career in English football that spanned 18 years, six clubs and 436 games as a dominant centre-half, a captain and a leader of teams and we delved into that in a previous interview on the site. Mark battled against the likes of Didier Drogba, Duncan Ferguson and Sergio Aguero in his top flight days at Crystal Palace, Cardiff and Huddersfield Town.
He thrived as a player under the guidance of former Huddersfield boss David Wagner. Day by day, session by session, Huddersfield improved under Wagner and in May 2017 they won what many rate as football’s richest game in a penalty shoot-out against Reading to battle out of the Championship and unlock the door to the Premiership.
Mark saw that triumph as the crowning glory as a player and in the wake of that Wembley glory day he retired. He was a sponge for knowledge then, soaking up the way Wagner worked. From veteran player to rookie coach. And he reflected:
“The messages were so clear and I was lucky to be transitioning from a player to a coach under David. I got to see how they worked and shadow him and it was fascinating. He would look three games ahead with the staff and we would periodise that spell in training and analysis. It was class.”