Following the arrival of Robert Page as the FAW’s new U21 boss, we look at the background and profile of the former Wales international.
With over 500 senior appearances in an 18-year career, Robert Page enjoyed a long and distinguished playing career before starting his coaching and management journey.
Born in 1974 in the Welsh village of Llwynypia, Page began his professional career with Watford in 1993 after joining the club at the age of 11.
The defender quickly established himself as a key member of the Hornets first-team squad and was named captain by manager Graham Taylor in 1997.
He went on to lead Watford the Second Division title in 1998 before a second succession celebration followed a year later as Graham Taylor’s side won promotion to the Premier League, with Page going on to win the club’s Player of the Season award despite relegation from the top flight.
Page left Vicarage Road for Sheffield United in 2001, featuring in some high-profile games for the Blades before moving to Cardiff City on a free transfer in July 2004.
After less than a year at Ninian Park, Page enjoyed a three-year spell at Coventry City in the Championship before departing the club in the 2008 January transfer window.
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He then joined Huddersfield Town in January 2008, playing a key role for the Terriers until the end of the campaign where he joined Chesterfield – his last club as a professional.
Page featured for the Spireites until March 2011 when he was released by the club, with the defender later announcing his retirement after an 18-year playing career in which he both captained a team and scored a goal in all four divisions of English football.
On the international stage, Page won the first of his 41 caps in 1996 while he said that captaining Wales to a 2-0 victory over Hungary in February 2005 was the “pinnacle” of his international career.
After hanging up his boots in 2011, Page took up a coaching role with Port Vale and went on to become the club’s assistant manager in July 2014. However, he soon stepped up to the role of first-team manager just two months later following the departure of Micky Adams.
He would be named permanent manager after a positive start to life in the dugout and after keeping Port Vale in League One for two seasons running, Page was linked to several vacancies in the summer of 2016.
But it was Northampton Town who appointed Page as the club’s new boss last May and despite a good start at Sixfields, the former Wales man was sacked in January before he took up a coaching position with Championship club Nottingham Forest.
He will now be hoping for a positive start to life back in the dugout when Wales’ U21 squad begin their UEFA U21 Euro Qualifying campaign in September.