Russell Slade

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Russell Slade
Personal information
Date of birth (1960-10-10) 10 October 1960 (age 53)
Place of birth Wokingham, England
Club information
Current team
Leyton Orient (manager)
Teams managed
Years Team
1994–1995 Notts County (caretaker)
1995–1996 Armitage
1998 Sheffield United (caretaker)
1999 Sheffield United (caretaker)
2001–2004 Scarborough
2004–2006 Grimsby Town
2006–2009 Yeovil Town
2009 Brighton & Hove Albion
2010– Leyton Orient

Russell Slade (born 10 October 1960) is an English football manager currently in charge of League One side Leyton Orient.

Having never played professional football Slade was a school teacher before taking professional sports coaching with Notts County in 1993. He briefly took charge of the club as caretaker manager during the 1994–95 season. He then had spells in charge of non-league sides Armitage and Leicester United before joining the coaching staff of Sheffield United in 1997. He had two spells as caretaker manager of The Blades in 1998 and 1999 before the appointment of Neil Warnock. In 2001 he took over the managerial post at Conference National side Scarborough before later moving to Grimsby Town in 2004 and Yeovil Town in 2006. He was appointed manager of Brighton & Hove Albion in 2009 but the stay was brief and he was dismissed in November 2009.

Career[edit]

Notts County[edit]

Slade was assistant manager to Mick Walker at Notts County, and took over as caretaker manager when Walker was sacked in September 1994. When County appointed Howard Kendall as manager in January 1995, Slade stayed on as his assistant. However both were sacked in April of the same year, and the club were eventually relegated as the bottom club in Division One.

Sheffield United[edit]

Slade was then appointed manager of Midland Alliance side Armitage, then moving on to Southern Football League side Leicester United before having two separate spells as caretaker manager at Sheffield United.

Scarborough[edit]

Slade's first permanent managerial post was at Football Conference side Scarborough. When he arrived in November 2001 the club were adrift at the bottom of the Conference and looking doomed. His first match in charge resulted in a home win over Farnborough Town but the next three games yielded just one point. However a remarkable run of 39 points from the final 19 games of the season meant Scarborough finished 12th. He was hailed as a hero by the fans and his stock rose when taking the team to 4th position by Christmas in the 2002–03 season. In January 2003, two days after the club went into administration, Slade tendered his resignation. The fans presented a tearful Slade with a petition at the next game and on the Monday morning he changed his mind. But six straight defeats followed and the play-off dream faded, Scarborough eventually finishing in a creditable 7th place.

The following season saw mixed league performances, but a tremendous FA Cup run which saw victories over Hinckley United, Doncaster Rovers, Port Vale, and finally Southend United following a replay, meant a glamorous home tie in front of Premier League Chelsea. Despite losing 1–0 Slade's side had put up a tremendous battle.

Grimsby Town[edit]

At the end of the 2003–04 season Grimsby Town decided not to renew the contract of manager Nicky Law following relegation into League Two. Slade was appointed as their new manager.[1] A midtable finish ensued in the 2004–05 season but despite some disgruntled fans calling for his head, Grimsby spent most of the 2005–06 season in an automatic promotion spot in League Two, also managing to topple both Derby County and Tottenham Hotspur in the Football League Cup. Town eventually finished the season in 4th place and had to settle for the playoffs, following a late Northampton Town equalizer meant that Leyton Orient would finish the season in the final automatic promotion places. Despite guiding his team to a semi-final victory over local rivals Lincoln City, Slade was unable to secure promotion, Grimsby losing 1–0 in the final against Cheltenham Town in the Millennium Stadium. Three days after their defeat, it was announced in a joint statement that Slade had left his post. The statement cited "a failure to reach a contractual agreement" as the reason for his departure.[2]

Yeovil Town[edit]

Slade's success with Grimsby had attracted League One side Yeovil Town, and within a few days Slade was appointed as the Somerset club's new manager.[3] Slade led Yeovil to a surprise 5th place finish play-off finish in the league, where they defeated favourites Nottingham Forest to reach the play-off final. However, Yeovil lost the final against Blackpool 2–0.[4] Slade's successful first season at Yeovil saw him win the League One manager of the year award, and he was targeted by League One rivals Carlisle United and Millwall for their managerial positions but this interest was rejected by Yeovil chairman John Fry.[5]

Slade left his post at Yeovil on 16 February 2009, despite having won four consecutive matches immediately prior to this.[6] Slade had become frustrated with the club's lack of ambition, although the club chairman John Fry had previously stated that changes would be needed due to the current economic climate.[7] On 20 March 2009, John Fry issued a statement informing fans that Slade was terminated from his duties due to an allegation of gross misconduct from November 2008, and following a period of disciplinary processes he was sacked with immediate effect.[8] The following day, in associating with the League Managers Association, Slade refuted the claims by Yeovil as "seriously inaccurate" and added that the matter would have to be dealt with by the LMA's legal team.[9]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

On 6 March 2009, Slade was appointed manager of Brighton & Hove Albion until the end of the season,[10] and succeeded in ensuring they avoided relegation from League One. On 4 May 2009, Slade signed a further two-year contract at Brighton.[11] However, after a poor start to the 2009/10 season, Slade was sacked as Brighton and Hove Albion manager on 1 November 2009.[12]

Slade applied for the vacant managerial position at former club Grimsby Town in November 2009, but was overlooked in favour of youth team manager Neil Woods despite failing to win during his spell as caretaker manager.[13]

Leyton Orient[edit]

Slade was appointed manager of Leyton Orient on 5 April 2010, six matches before the end of their season and with The club was in danger of being relegated from League One, but Slade managed to win the club 10 points from their last six matches, enough for Orient to avoid relegation by a single point. Slade was rewarded with a new two-year contract on 14 May[14] and the following season he guided Orient to seventh place, one point outside the play-off places, as well as a fifth round replay at Arsenal in the FA Cup. During the season, Orient chairman Barry Hearn rejected an approach from Barnsley for Slade.

Slade was unable to build on previous season's promise during the 2011–12 season and the club finished in 20th, but the next season he was able to guide Orient to another 7th-place finish.

On 7 June 2013, Leyton Orient announced that Slade, his assistant Kevin Nugent and chief scout Kevin Dearden had signed contract extensions to keep them at the club for a further three years, until the end of the 2015–16 season.[15]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 27 August 2014.
Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Notts County (caretaker)  England 15 September 1994 12 January 1995 23 6 12 5 26.1
Sheffield United (caretaker)  England 2 March 1998 9 March 1998 2 0 1 1 00.0
Sheffield United (caretaker)  England 23 November 1999 2 December 1999 2 0 1 1 00.0
Scarborough  England 15 November 2001 28 May 2004 133 50 42 41 37.6
Grimsby Town  England 28 May 2004 31 May 2006 105 41 34 30 39.1
Yeovil Town  England 7 June 2006 16 February 2009 137 49 56 32 35.8
Brighton & Hove Albion  England 6 March 2009 1 November 2009 32 9 16 7 28.12
Leyton Orient  England 5 April 2010 Present 236 101 76 59 42.80

Honours[edit]

As a Manager[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Slade takes over at Grimsby". BBC Sport. 2004-05-28. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  2. ^ "Manager Slade leaves Grimsby post". BBC Sport. 2006-05-31. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Slade appointed new Yeovil boss". BBC Sport. 2006-06-07. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Ian (2007-05-27). "Yeovil 0–2 Blackpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  5. ^ "Yeovil reject Lions move for boss". BBC Sport. 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Yeovil split with manager Slade". BBC Sport. 16 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  7. ^ "Glovers axe Slade". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  8. ^ Club Statement http://www.ytfc.net/page/NewsDetail/0,,10673~1597766,00.html
  9. ^ http://www.leaguemanagers.com/news/viewfromthetop-6312.html?LMAS=abf5929a44aca45c8b7b051d6b42986f
  10. ^ "Slade appointed new Brighton boss". BBC Sport. 2009-03-06. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  11. ^ "Slade Confirmed as Albion Boss". Seagulls World. 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  12. ^ "Slade sacked as Brighton manager". BBC Sport. 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  13. ^ "Woods named new Grimsby manager". BBC News. 23 November 2009. 
  14. ^ "Russell Slade signs new Leyton Orient contract". BBC Sport. 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  15. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22816983
  16. ^ http://www.leytonorient.com/news/article/slade-manager-of-the-month-060913-1038213.aspx?
  17. ^ http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11742/9153554/sky-bet-football-league-nigel-pearson-russell-slade-and-graham-alexander-win-awards

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