Cardiff hire Slade as new boss
07 October 2014, 10:29
London - Championship club Cardiff City hired Russell Slade as their new manager on Monday.
Slade left League One side Leyton Orient last month after being strongly linked with the Bluebirds job following the exit of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on September 18.
The 53-year-old takes over with his new club languishing in 15th position in the second tier and with just one win in their last nine league games following last season's relegation from the Premier League.
Some Cardiff fan are unhappy with the decision to appoint a manager with no experience of leading a team into the Premier League, but the club's Malaysian owner Vincent Tan said: "I'm delighted to appoint Russell Slade as the manager of Cardiff City.
"I have personally offered Russell this opportunity after giving much thought to the needs of the club at this point in time and firmly believe that he is the right person for the job.
"I have spoken to many knowledgeable people in the game about Russell, and the feedback has been extremely positive.
"The stability, integrity and experience that he brings is something I feel is essential for Cardiff City.
"I want to give this honest, committed and hard-working man the opportunity to manage our talented players and I am convinced, with God's blessing, Russell can succeed now that he has been given his first opportunity to manage at a higher level."
While praising Slade's credentials, Tan also took the chance to have a dig at former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay, who led the team into the Premier League but was then sacked last season.
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"I ask that our supporters offer him a chance to prove his long term value to our club, giving him and his players their full support as we try to earn our place in the Premier League under his guidance," Tan added.
"Look at Russell's track record. He certainly deserves to be given a chance. After all, Cardiff gave a chance to a mediocre manager from Watford and he took the club to the Premier League. I did, however, give him a lot of money to spend for that - in fact, too much money."
Slade has had spells in charge of Grimsby, Yeovil and Brighton, but it was with Orient where he enhanced his reputation.
Working under a restricted budget over a four-year period, Slade turned the O's into promotion candidates in League One and they were a penalty shootout away from a place in the Championship last season, but lost in the play-off final to Rotherham.
"I'm grateful to Vincent for giving me this opportunity as Cardiff City is a fantastic football club," Slade said.
"We have a large squad and it's more than putting out the best eleven players on paper. We need the best group of players out there with the right balance and chemistry.
"It's now about building a relationship with the players and installing a strong ethos and work ethic. That's what I want us to take onto the pitch every week."
Slade's first game as Cardiff boss comes against Nottingham Forest on September 18.