Russell Slade

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Russell Slade
Russell Slade 20141021.jpg
Slade as manager of Cardiff City in 2014
Personal information
Full name Russell Mark Slade[1]
Date of birth (1960-10-10) 10 October 1960 (age 56)[2]
Place of birth Wokingham, England
Club information
Current team
Charlton Athletic (manager)
Teams managed
Years Team
1994–1995 Notts County (caretaker)
1995–1996 Armitage
1996 Leicester United
1998 Sheffield United (caretaker)
1999 Sheffield United (caretaker)
2001–2004 Scarborough
2004–2006 Grimsby Town
2006–2009 Yeovil Town
2009 Brighton & Hove Albion
2010–2014 Leyton Orient
2014–2016 Cardiff City
2016– Charlton Athletic

Russell Mark Slade (born 10 October 1960) is an English professional football manager who is the manager of League One club Charlton Athletic.

Having had an extended career at reserve team level, Slade entered professional sports coaching with Notts County in 1993. He briefly took charge of the club as caretaker manager during the 1994–95 season. Slade 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.

In 2010, Slade was appointed manager of Leyton Orient and he led the club to two 7th-place finishes, an FA Cup fifth round replay against Arsenal and took the O's to the Play-off Final in 2013–14 – a feat which saw win the LMA League 1 Manager of the Year award. He left Orient to take charge of Championship side Cardiff City, and spent two years in charge of the side, finishing in 11th and 8th positions before being appointed the club's head of football. He resigned from the role after only two weeks and, in June 2016, was appointed manager of Charlton Athletic.

Slade has developed a reputation for being an effective man manager,[3] and a very savvy operator within the transfer market who never bought a player whilst at Leyton Orient, instead bringing in a number of players on free transfers.[4]



Slade started out as a PE teacher at Frank Wheldon School after studying Sport at Edge Hill University.[5]

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.

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.


Slade's first permanent managerial post was at Football Conference side Scarborough. When he arrived in November 2001 the club was 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.

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.[6] A mid-table 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 equaliser 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.

Yeovil Town[edit]

Slade's success with Grimsby had attracted League One side Yeovil Town, and Slade was appointed as the Somerset club's new manager.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

Slade left his post at Yeovil on 16 February 2009, despite having won four consecutive matches immediately prior to this.[10] 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.[11]

Brighton and Hove Albion[edit]

On 6 March 2009, Slade was appointed manager of struggling Brighton & Hove Albion until the end of the season,[12] and succeeded in ensuring they avoided relegation from League One. Slade signed a further two-year contract at Brighton in May 2009.[13]

Leyton Orient[edit]

Slade was appointed manager of Leyton Orient on 5 April 2010, six matches before the end of the season. The club was in danger of being relegated from League One, but Slade revived the club's fortunes, helping Leyton Orient to take 10 points from their last six matches, resulting in them avoiding 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. Leyton Orient were unable to match their previous year during the 2011–12 season and the club finished in 20th, but the next season Slade was able to guide them 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]

Cardiff City[edit]

On 6 October 2014, Slade was appointed manager of Championship side Cardiff City on a two-year contract, replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.[16] The job was the highest level that Slade had ever managed at having never managed above the third tier in the Football League prior to his appointment. Slade was tasked with reducing the clubs wage bill which was still inflated due to their relegation from the Premier League in the previous season and saw seven first team players leave the club in his first 3 months in charge. Slade became unpopular with a large section of supporters and crowd numbers fell dramatically during his tenure at the club as he finished 11th in his first season and 8th in his second.[17] Despite his detractors, Slade insisted that the club had made progress under his stewardship and that he had "given the club stability".[18]

On 6 May 2016, Slade was removed from his position of manager and was instead named the club's head of football.[19] He took charge of his last match for the Bluebirds on the final day of the 2015–16 season, drawing 1–1 with Birmingham City.[20] Paul Trollope, a member of Slade's coaching staff was appointed as the new head coach of the club but did not report to Slade on any first team matters.[21] However, he resigned from the role on 3 June.[22]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

On 6 June 2016, Slade signed a three-year contract to be manager of Charlton Athletic following their relegation to League One.[23]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 22 October 2016[citation needed]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Notts County (caretaker) 15 September 1994 12 January 1995 23 6 5 12 26.1
Sheffield United (caretaker) 2 March 1998 9 March 1998 2 0 1 1 00.0
Sheffield United (caretaker) 23 November 1999 2 December 1999 2 0 1 1 00.0
Scarborough 15 November 2001 28 May 2004 133 50 41 42 37.6
Grimsby Town 28 May 2004 31 May 2006 105 41 30 34 39.1
Yeovil Town 7 June 2006 16 February 2009 137 49 32 56 35.8
Brighton & Hove Albion 6 March 2009 1 November 2009 32 9 7 16 28.12
Leyton Orient 5 April 2010 24 September 2014 242 103 61 78 42.56
Cardiff City 6 October 2014 8 May 2016 86 32 27 27 37.21
Charlton Athletic 6 June 2016 Present 17 3 9 5 17.65
Total 776 291 214 271 37.50


As a Manager[edit]


  1. ^ "Support Management Ltd.". Dellam Corporate Information Limited. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Manager Profile". League Managers Association. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Leyton Orient inspired to nation's only perfect record thanks to Russell Slade's inspirational team talks". Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  4. ^ Paul Doyle. "Russell Slade: I don't half get a buzz from a good free transfer | Football". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  5. ^ [1] Archived 9 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Slade takes over at Grimsby". BBC Sport. 28 May 2004. Retrieved 14 October 2007. 
  7. ^ "Slade appointed new Yeovil boss". BBC Sport. 7 June 2006. Retrieved 14 October 2007. 
  8. ^ Hughes, Ian (27 May 2007). "Yeovil 0–2 Blackpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 October 2007. 
  9. ^ "Yeovil reject Lions move for boss". BBC Sport. 17 October 2007. Retrieved 17 October 2007. 
  10. ^ "Yeovil split with manager Slade". BBC Sport. 16 February 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  11. ^ "Glovers axe Slade". Sky Sports. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  12. ^ "Slade appointed new Brighton boss". BBC Sport. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  13. ^ "Slade Confirmed as Albion Boss". Seagulls World. 4 May 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2009. 
  14. ^ "Russell Slade signs new Leyton Orient contract". BBC Sport. 14 April 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  15. ^ "BBC Sport - Russell Slade: Leyton Orient manager extends contract". 2013-06-07. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  16. ^ "BBC Sport - Cardiff City: Russell Slade confirmed as new manager". 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  17. ^ "Cardiff City manager Russell Slade appointed head of football". The Guardian. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  18. ^ "Russell Slade: Manager waits to learn Cardiff City fate". BBC Sport. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  19. ^ "BBC Sport - Cardiff City move manager Russell Slade to new role". -06-201605accessdate=2016-05-06.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  20. ^ "Cardiff 1-1 Birmingham". BBC Sport. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  21. ^ "Paul Trollope to succeed Russell Slade as first-team boss". BBC Sport. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  22. ^ "Russell Slade: Cardiff City head of football leaves club with immediate effect". BBC Sport. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  23. ^ Long, Sam (6 June 2016). "Charlton Athletic appoint Russell Slade as new manager on three-year contract". Evening Standard. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  24. ^ "NEWS: Slade Wins Award". 2013-09-06. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  25. ^ "Sky Bet Football League: Nigel Pearson, Russell Slade and Graham Alexander win awards | Football News". Sky Sports. 2014-02-06. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 

External links[edit]