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Cardiff City: Paul Trollope aiming to ride on the back of Wales feel-good factor

4 August 2016

Summer is a busy time for all EFL managers as they look to recruit the right names and build a squad worthy of a promotion challenge.

But the last few months have been especially action-packed for new Cardiff City boss Paul Trollope, who has had to balance numerous roles.

In mid-May, the 44-year-old was announced as the Bluebirds' head coach, just as preparations for the European Championships were coming to a climax.

A part of the Wales coaching team at the time, he helped guide the country to their best ever finish at a major tournament, as Chris Coleman's men took the competition by storm.

Now, Trollope is back in the management hot seat, and wants to inspire his own Cardiff team to similarly strong success in the Sky Bet Championship.

"It's been a bit of a whirlwind summer having been at the European Championships and spending a lot of time out in France. But I'm pleased to be back and getting down to business," he told the EFL.

"There's a feel-good factor in Wales at the moment and as the capital city we want to ride on the back of that. We want to enhance ourselves and tap into some of that international success, and create our own."

Trollope returns to the role of a number one for the first time since 2010, when he ended a five-year stint across the Severn Bridge at Bristol Rovers.

Having spent time at Birmingham City and Norwich City as an assistant to current Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton since then – as well as at Cardiff under Russell Slade – he now feels ready to step back into the top job and take the Bluebirds forward in the most attritional of divisions.

"I was pleased to have been offered this job and I'm delighted to now be heading into the new season as head coach," he added.
"I've been in the coaching game for a few years and have had exposure at the very top level, which has been important for me. I've gained some invaluable experience since my days at Bristol Rovers.

"It's been a really positive start from the boys here, and they've done well considering that we've been working to a bit of a different schedule to what they're used to.

"The Championship is a really tough division as everybody knows. It's full of strong teams, such as those who have just come down. We know the challenge ahead is a big one but we're thoroughly looking forward to it.”

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