Lennie Lawrence: Ex-manager lined up for Cardiff City backroom role

By Rob PhillipsBBC Wales football correspondent
Lennie Lawrence and Paul Trollope
Lennie Lawrence (left) worked with Paul Trollope at Bristol Rovers

Cardiff City are trying to line up a return to the club for former manager Lennie Lawrence.

New head coach Paul Trollope has worked closely with the vastly experienced Lawrence previously and is understood to be keen to appoint him to his backroom staff.

Trollope, 43, has succeeded Russell Slade as first-team boss.

Lawrence was Cardiff manager between 2002 and 2005, leading the Bluebirds to promotion to the Championship in 2003.

The club's transfer committee has yet to clear the appointment of Lawrence, who is one of a select few who has managed for more than 1,000 games.

Lawrence, 68, was director of football at Bristol Rovers where Trollope was coach as the duo steered the club to promotion from League Two in 2008.

Recently, Lawrence, who managed Plymouth, Charlton, Middlesbrough, Grimsby, Bradford and Luton has been assistant to Dougie Freedman at Crystal Palace, Bolton and Nottingham Forest.

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