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Russell Slade to build strong work ethic at Cardiff City

Russell Slade spent 4 years in charge of Leyton Orient before joining Cardiff City Photo: Stephen Pond/PA Archive/Press Association Images

One of the longest managerial courtships in recent memory came to an end on Monday evening when Russell Slade was finally confirmed as the new boss of Cardiff City.

Slade had spent the best part of two weeks in a 'consultancy' role with the Bluebirds while the Championship side negotiated with his former club Leyton Orient.

The 53 year-old takes over the managerial duties from caretaker bosses Danny Gabbidon and Scott Young who stepped in after the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last month.

And the former Yeovil Town and Brighton & Hove Albion manager has thanked Cardiff owner Vincent Tan for the chance to further his career in south Wales.

I’m grateful to Vincent for giving me this opportunity as Cardiff City is a fantastic Football Club.

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

– Russell Slade, Cardiff City Manager

Slade takes over a Cardiff City side that has failed to fire in the Championship since their relegation from the Premier League.

The Bluebirds sit 15th in the table, 8 points off the top two, and suffered a 1-0 defeat to previously winless Blackpool in their last outing.

Cardiff City owner, Vincent Tan, has repeatedly stated his desire for a swift return to the Premier League and thinks he's found the right man achieve his aims.

The stability, integrity and experience that he (Slade) brings is something I feel is essential for Cardiff City.

He is capable of turning a group of players into an organised, tight-knit team, with great team spirit, who will work hard for each other while playing an attractive style of football.

I want to give this honest, committed and hardworking 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.

– Vincent Tan, Cardiff City Owner

Although Tan has once again taken a swipe at former manager Malky Mackay in his statement following Slade's appointment.

The Malaysian business man recently admitted he had little sympathy for Mackay after a dossier was sent to the Football Association alleging the Scot and colleague Iain Moody sent racists, sexists and homophobic text messages while in charge of Cardiff City.

Mackay was sacked as manager of Cardiff City 18 games into their debut Premier League season amid claims he over spent during the summer transfer window.

And Tan was again quick to dismiss Mackay's managerial abilities while calling on Cardiff fans to give Slade a chance in his new role.

I ask that our supporters offer him (Slade) 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.

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.

– Vincent Tan, Cardiff City Owner

Slade's former club, Leyton Orient, had rejected a number of approaches from Cardiff City for his services.

That prompted him to tender his resignation at Brisbane Road joining up with Cardiff in a consultancy role.

Legal discussions between the two clubs had delayed Slade's appointment but he will now resume full control for Cardiff City's next match against Nottingham Forest on Saturday 18 October.

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