With Real Madrid among all the names on his CV, since starting a new role in Welsh football’s top flight, Britain’s youngest senior football manager has seen his stock continue to grow.
Last year, after being named boss of Welsh fifth-tier side Caerwys FC, student Jordan Hadaway, aged just 19, captured global attention.
However, Hadaway has left Caerwys this year, making an impressive move to the Welsh Premier League to become a Cefn Druids FC First Team Assistant Coach.
The young man said, “The new job at Cefn Druids is one I couldn’t turn down.
I enjoyed my time at Caerwys, and I will forever be thankful for giving me my first senior football executive role.”
“But I’m skipping five levels with the greatest respect in the world to move to the Welsh Premier, and it’s something of a dream come true.”
Hadaway will also become head coach of the new Elite Development Squad of the club, in addition to his first-team job.
“I’m the first-team coach, and I’m also the new Elite Development Squad manager who oversees the development of players between the ages of 17 and 21,” he said.
“And it’s my job to develop players, including trialists, so that the first team can prosper.”
The teenager, who is enrolled at Liverpool Hope University for a teaching degree, will also run soccer clinics for the Real Madrid Foundation, which last year employed the Spanish giants.
“You have technology from Real Madrid and sessions from Real Madrid that we deliver to the kids,” Hadaway said in a BBC interview.
“So then they had the Real Madrid experience at the end of the week and they should play better and in the manner that Real Madrid does.”
He was invited to the Bernabeu in 2020 to engage in a series of lectures and coaching sessions by Hadaway’s affiliation with the reigning La Liga champions, as well as to meet the Madrid legends employed at the club.
“We went for a coaching conference and we got a later flight and just missed Roberto Carlos,”We went to a coaching convention and got a later flight and just missed out on Roberto Carlos.
But there was Alvaro Arbeloa, Raul, Javier Mallo, the first-team conditioning coach, who won absolutely anything.
The academy coaches, first-team coaches – Raul, Santiago Solari, Roberto Carlos – essentially led the lectures.
“Then we got to watch live sessions from academy coaches on the field. We had a good time and connected with different people as well as learning, so I think those four days really, really helped me.”
Having played as a youngster for Holywell Town FC, Hadaway decided to concentrate on coaching at 16, earning his UEFA C license when taking over an Under-6 side, before joining the first team staff at 17.
He moved to Caerwys at the start of 2020, before being spotted by the 13-time European champions.
As soon as covid restrictions permit, the position with Real will see Hadaway deliver courses across Europe.
Hadaway has completed his Uefa B coaching license, and will see Jordan training for his UEFA A badge in his new position at Cefn Druids.
He would then train for the Pro License, making him one of the UK’s youngest Pro License holders.