Friday, 3 June 2016

The way is cleared for Russell Slade

The rumours of Johnnie Jackson's elevation to gallows trap-door looks to have cooled as those suggesting Russell Slade have heated up. 

Slade's failure in leading Cardiff to eighth place in the Championship saw the unique Vincent Tan move him upstairs which clearly didn't sit well with Russell. He has been linked with a number of other Championship vacancies but following Blackburn's move for Owen Coyle his contract at Cardiff was today terminated by mutual consent, opening the way for his appointment at the Valley.

All things considered, I have to say that given what's come before him for the last two years, Slade has to be considered a decent appointment. He's not a Belgian, he knows the lower leagues, has twenty years management experience, can work with small budgets and is something of a motivator.  My reservations would be that he has never managed to get anyone promoted but I guess there's always a first time for everything.

The really interesting thing would be to see how he gets on working with Meire and Duchatelet. You have to think he wouldn't stand for any nonsense, certainly far less I suspect than previous Network Managers may have. After the growing criticism over the length of time taken to appoint Riga's replacement, whilst those around us have filled theirs, I am expecting Meire to make an announcement on Monday.

3 comments:

Ian said...

I suppose given our lower league status now Dave , Slade is most probably the best we can look to attract.Compared to some of the names linked I think he has a decent record in lower leagues and has also worked with a problematic owner , however weather he will be allowed to implement all the changes he see's fit and bring in he's own players we will have to wait and see .I suppose as the season unravels it might begin to come clear if he can have any kind of working relationship with these jokers or if he will be tossed aside for us to be told the English experiment didn't work and they will be returning to yet more short term foreign coaches !

Bob Miller said...

He's doomed!

Dave said...

Monday - Russell duly appointed. Picture of him at the Valley holding the scarf aloft. Club of great tradition and history. can't wait to get started. Faultless so far...