Neal Ardley

York City

Neal Ardley is a 51-year old football coach serving as the Manager of York City Football Club.

He has previously been associated with Solihull Moors during his career.

He is the holder of a UEFA Pro Licence.

Biography

In September 2023, York City appointed Neal Ardley as their new first-team manager on a three-year deal. Ardley, with a substantial playing career primarily at Wimbledon from 1991-2002, also represented Watford, Cardiff City, and Millwall, and was capped at the England U21 level. Post-retirement in 2007, he began his managerial career with Cardiff City’s academy.

Ardley’s managerial journey saw him take charge at AFC Wimbledon from 2012 to 2018, steering the club to League Two safety and achieving promotion to League One in 2016. His tenure at Wimbledon was marked by two Manager of the Month awards. He then moved to Notts County in 2018, managing them in both League Two and the National League, and led them to the National League play-off final in 2020, along with securing three Manager of the Month awards.

His stint with Solihull Moors began in the summer of 2021, where he achieved notable success, including a Manager of the Month award and guiding the team to their second-highest finish, reaching the play-off final. Ardley left Solihull Moors by mutual consent in 2023 after managing almost a hundred games, before taking up his current role at York City FC.