24 Facts About Neal Ardley

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Neal Christopher Ardley was born on 1 September 1972 and is an English professional football manager and former player who played as a right midfielder.

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Neal Ardley went on to make over 100 appearances for Watford before having spells at Cardiff City and Millwall.

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Neal Ardley announced his retirement from professional football on 30 August 2007 after suffering a series of injuries.

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Neal Ardley was the manager of AFC Wimbledon from 10 October 2012 to 12 November 2018.

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Neal Ardley took over as manager of Notts County on 23 November 2018.

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Neal Ardley's contribution was more limited during this season as he was selected to play in just 16 games.

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Neal Ardley was their longest serving player by the time of his departure.

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8.

Neal Ardley played for the Hornets for three seasons, making appearances an FA Cup semi final in 2003 and a League Cup semi-final in 2005.

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9.

Neal Ardley joined Cardiff City in March 2005, a day before the sacking of Watford manager Ray Lewington.

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10.

Neal Ardley scored his first and only goal for Cardiff against Leicester City on 19 April 2005.

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11.

Neal Ardley announced his retirement from professional football on 30 August 2007 after a series of injuries.

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12.

Neal Ardley had started preparing for a manager's role at the early age of 24, when he took his first coaching badges before completing his training for the UEFA Pro coaching qualification in 2010.

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13.

Neal Ardley impressed in the role by guiding several players through to the first-team squad, including highly rated pair Joe Ralls and Theo Wharton making the step-up.

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14.

Neal Ardley was appointed as manager of Football League Two side AFC Wimbledon on 10 October 2012, with former Watford teammate Neil Cox being named as assistant manager on the same day.

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15.

On 2 December 2012, Neal Ardley managed AFC Wimbledon in their first ever meeting with MK Dons, the football club formed via his former side Wimbledon's relocation to Milton Keynes.

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In March 2013, Neal Ardley was nominated for Football League Two Manager of the Month following Wimbledon's unbeaten run.

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17.

Neal Ardley saw his side slip further down the league in the coming months which included a run of one win in eight leading into the New Year, however it still saw the Dons in a remarkably more comfortable position then when Neal Ardley first took charge.

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18.

Neal Ardley managed AFC Wimbledon to their first ever victory against MK Dons on 7 October 2014.

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Neal Ardley managed an overhaul of the Dons first team throughout the 2018 summer, as a number of players left the club.

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20.

The 2018 summer saw Neal Ardley become the 3rd longest serving manager in English League football.

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21.

Neal Ardley oversaw a 10-game unbeaten run thanks to an away win against Portsmouth in the First Round of the League Cup.

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22.

Neal Ardley was appointed as manager of Notts County on 23 November 2018, assisted by Neil Cox, with whom he worked with at AFC Wimbledon.

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23.

Neal Ardley was sacked on 24 March 2021 with the club 14 points behind the league leaders, Sutton United.

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24.

On 14 June 2021, Neal Ardley was appointed manager of National League side Solihull Moors.

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