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Rob Edwards

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Norwich Career: 2011 (3 appearances) (on loan from Blackpool)
Current Club: AFC Telford (Manager)
Date of Birth: 25/12/1982 (Madeley, England)
Nationality: Welsh

Biography

Welsh international centre-half Rob Edwards joined Norwich City on loan on 21st February 2011, despite competition from Derby, as cover for the injured Leon Barnett. The 28-year-old centre-half joined until 24th May 2011 but Blackpool can recall him after 28 days. He had played just 4 times for the Seasiders during 2010/11

Edwards started his career at Aston Villa and made eight Premier League appearances following his first-team debut on 28th December 2002, in a 1–0 home win over Middlesbrough.

He was sent on loan to Crystal Palace in November 2003, where he spent one month, playing six games and scoring one goal in a 1–1 draw with Coventry City. Edwards then joined Derby County on loan in January 2004, where he stayed until the end of the season. He scored one goal for the club against Gillingham on 17 January, and played ten games

In May 2004 Edwards was told by then Aston Villa manager, David O'Leary, that he could leave the club and he switched to West Midlands rivals Wolves. His Molineux career made a slow start, after playing in the club's opening four league games following the club's relegation from the Premier League, he suffered ankle ligament damage that kept him sidelined for almost six months.

In August 2008 he joined Blackpool, where he has played 68 times, including 21 league games en route to the 2009/10 Championship play-off final victory.

"He's got experience and has seen it and done it with Blackpool last year, and he'll be a big asset in the 14 games remaining this season," said City manager Paul Lambert.

Edwards represented England at youth level, but not in a UEFA-recognised game, so qualified for Wales as his parents are both Welsh. He made his debut for Wales before he left Aston Villa, on 29 March 2003, in a 4–0 European Championship qualifying victory over Azerbaijan

Rob made 3 appearances for Norwich before returning to Blackpool where he was released at the end of the 2010/11 season. Rob then signed a two year contract with Barnsley on 1st July 2011, replacing Jason Shackell

Rob was loaned to Fleetwood Town on 10th October 2012. Edwards was looking to rebuild match fitness after a period disrupted by injury. Edwards told BBC Radio Lancashire: "Fleetwood is a club on the up, everything about it is top notch. I'm desperate to get playing and enjoying my football again, and with Fleetwood picking up one or two injuries it works well for both of us."

Rob returned to Barnsley but was loaned to Shrewsbury on 31st January 2013.

Rob was released by Barnsley in May 2013. On 11th October 2013, he announced that he had retired from professional football at the age of 30.

On 11th July 2014, Rob returned to Wolves as their Under-18s coach. He had previously worked part-time at Manchester City's Academy.

In the summer of 2015, he was promoted to the role of first team coach at Wolves.

Edwards was appointed caretaker manager at Wolves when Walter Zenga was sacked on 25th October 2016 after 87 days in the job. Edwards oversaw two games (a 1-1 draw with Blackburn and a 3-2 defeat against Derby) before Paul Lambert was appointed as the new substantial manager of Wolves. Edwards remained as first team coach alongside Stuart Taylor.

Edwards left Wolves on 30th May 2017 along with Taylor and Lambert as a result of a coaching review by the club's owners.

Edwards was appointed manager of Conference North side AFC Telford United on 28th June 2017.


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