Cardiff City part company with youth coach Kevin Nicholson

Neil Warnock
Neil Warnock wants to see more Cardiff youth products out on loan next season

Cardiff City have parted company with under-23 coach Kevin Nicholson.

The Bluebirds announced Nicholson's departure by "mutual agreement."

Cardiff said the departure of Nicholson, who at 30-years old became the youngest English coach with a UEFA Pro Licence, was part of an "internal restructuring exercise."

Nicholson's exit means a more prominent role in youth development for Warnock's coaches Kevin Blackwell, Ronnie Jepson and James Rowberry.

Last week Warnock told some of Cardiff's youngsters that they would be leaving the club and to start looking elsewhere.

He also voiced his concerns about the under-23 system in general, saying he contacted the League Managers Association and the PFA about the structure.

Warnock said: "I don't think the under-23s has solved the problem we originally brought the under-23s in for because I don't think players get anything out of it.

"We used to have the Central League and reserve leagues, we used to play the pros who were not playing, with the young lads. We used to have competitive games, but its almost like a five a-side now.

"I don't see the logic of doing an under-23s team with the coaching and everything involved if we are not getting the players through."

Warnock believes its crucial for Cardiff youngsters to go out on loan for more experience - just like striker Rhys Healey is doing at Newport County.

"I just felt it needed a whole restructuring for the long term future of the club," said Warnock.