Cardiff City FC: Russell Slade to become head of football in coaching reshuffle

6 May

Cardiff boss Russell Slade is to take on a new role as head of football at the Sky Bet Championship club as the Bluebirds begin the search for a new manager.

Slade was appointed Cardiff manager in October 2014 and will be in charge for the final time at home to Birmingham on Saturday.

The announcement was made in a club statement when it was confirmed that Slade will report directly to the club’s chief executive, Ken Choo, in his new role.

Cardiff’s Malaysian owner Vincent Tan said: “I’d like to thank Russell for his efforts since his appointment here in October 2014.

“Since then, we have seen stabilisation and progression, both on and off the field. Crucially, he is a man who I have been able to trust.

“Russell’s contribution has been significant, and I’m pleased that he’s accepted this new position to stay at the football club.

“He will help us as we look towards the future and begin shaping our squad for the new season.

“I also feel that he can help us create additional synergy between Cardiff City and our sister clubs.”

Slade, who had previously managed Brighton, Grimsby and Yeovil among others, left Leyton Orient to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Cardiff.

The 55-year-old had to dramatically reduce the playing budget following Cardiff’s relegation from the Barclays Premier League the previous season, and the Bluebirds finished 11th in the Championship.

Slade’s brand of football was often criticised by supporters for being dour and crowd numbers at the Cardiff City Stadium had fallen away for much of this season.

But Cardiff were in the running for a play-off spot until last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday condemned them to another season in the Championship.

“I’d like to express my sincerest of thanks to Tan Sri Vincent Tan for giving me the opportunity to join this football club back in 2014,” said Slade.

“I feel that we’ve made progress on and off the field during this time, achieving stability and giving the club solid ground on which to move forward.


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