Every year in football, fans get a glimpse of a fairytale story. However, this season has been remarkable as multiple clubs have gone and performed far beyond expectations. Napoli won the Serie A title after 30 years; the Bundesliga saw the rise of new giants Union Berlin, while La Liga saw Real Sociedad emerge as one of the top dogs. Even the lower leagues have seen some brilliant teams, such as the fantastic journey of Wrexham United and the rise of Luton Town in the Championship under Rob Edwards.
Luton Town’s story is the stuff of dreams, with the club returning from non-league and now with a great chance to get back into the Premier League, which would be a remarkable end to their resurgence. The club’s rise has many heroes on the managerial front, such as John Still and Nathan Jones. However, a new man has been leading the club from the dugout since November. Appointed in November 2022, Rob Edwards has guided Luton Town to a third-placed finish which means they are in contention for a promotion to the Premier League.
So, who is Rob Edwards, and how good is he?
Who is Rob Edwards
Robert Owen Edwards was born in Telford, England, on December 25, 1982. As a player, he started his journey making his debut for Aston Villa in 2002. Over the next two years, Edwards would make a handful of appearances before he was sent on loan spells to Crystal Palace and Derby County.
In 2004, he left Aston Villa to join Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he played 100 appearances for the next four years. His next stop would be Blackpool, where he played for two years, followed by a loan spell at Norwich City.
His next club was Barnsley, where he would again play on loan for two clubs, Fleetwood Town and Shrewsbury Town, before retiring in 2013.
Immediately after retiring, the former centre-back threw himself into coaching, becoming the coach for the under-18 team of Wolverhampton Wanderers. His impressive displays for the team got him the job as the manager of the senior side in 2016 on an interim basis. He would spend his time in the role for two years.
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He would then be promoted to the under-23 coach before leaving for stints with the England under-16s as head coach and England under-20s as a coach.
Following this, he was appointed League Two side Forest Green Rovers manager….