(born 3 May 1959 in Bangor
) is a retired Welsh footballer
origin who played as a goalkeeper
. His surname is usually ).
Starting at Wrexham at the age of 14, Niedzwiecki stayed with the club until the summer of 1983, when he was signed for Chelsea by former Wrexham manager, John Neal
. He quickly won a regular place in the Chelsea starting line-up and was impressive as the side romped to the Second Division
title in his first season. He also earned two caps for Wales
during his playing career.
Niedzwiecki was forced to retire aged 28, after failing to recover from numerous injury problems. He later went on to become a coach
at Chelsea, leaving the club in November 2000 after the arrival of Claudio Ranieri
. He joined Arsenal
the following month, succeeding the late George Armstrong
as reserve team coach. He also worked part-time as coach with Wales
during this time. In September 2004, he joined Blackburn Rovers
, under Mark Hughes
, as first-team coach. Four years later, when Hughes left for Manchester City
, he was among the several backroom staff from Blackburn to follow him in making the switch. However he became unemployed on 19 December 2009 when Mark Hughes
and his complete backroom staff were relieved of their duties at the club. In 2010 he once again linked up with Mark Hughes at Fulham
as part of the new Fulham manager's coaching staff.