University of South Wales’ David Adams appointed new technical director at Football Association of Wales Trust

David Adams gives a practical demonstration during day three of the Football Association of Wales' National Coaches Conference 2017 at Dragon Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda courtesy of FAW)

by Julie Kissick

UNIVERSITY of South Wales academic consultant David Adams will replace Osian Roberts as technical director at the Football Association of Wales Trust.

Roberts left his post as technical director and Wales assistant manager in August to take up a role with the Royal Moroccan Football Federation.

Adams is currently working as a football coaching consultant at USW on the MSc Advanced Football Coaching and Performance

He was previously a principal lecturer at the university, developing the first football coaching degree in partnership with the FAW Trust.

The FAW Trust said his appointment followed ‘a robust recruitment and selection process, during which Adams emerged as the stand out candidate’.

FAW Trust Chief Executive, Neil Ward, added: “I am pleased to have secured a person of David’s calibre as our technical director and look forward with confidence to him building on and expanding the success of our world class coach education and player development programmes designed by his predecessor, Osian Roberts.

“He will also play an instrumental role in improving the player pathway and supporting the development of grass roots football.”

Adams holds the UEFA Professional License and a PhD in coach effectiveness from USW. He has worked alongside the likes of Garry Monk, Roberto Martinez and Tony Pulis.

From 2014 to 2017, Adams was head of coaching at Swansea City, overseeing the development of a talented crop of players including present Wales stars Dan James, Connor Roberts and Joe Rodon. During that time they won the U23’s National Championships and developed a Category 1 Academy programme.

Adams starts his new role next month.