Date: 6th June 2016 at 6:58pm
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For months now we have been screaming at the regime to appoint an English speaking, one that has experience in the English Football League, one that could bring back something that has been missing for far too long. Russel Slade made the switch from Cardiff City from his post as a head of football to cast his experience eyes over the Valley and decided this was for him and signed a three year contract. The regime was either happy in what they heard from Slade, or they are getting the message that no one else will do the job as well as an English man. At 55 years old he is much older than many of his predecessors which gives him plenty of brownie points to recapture the Charlton of old.

Listed below are some of the achievements and involvements our new manager not coach. He had his fingers in many pies over the past twenty three years.

Having had an extended career at service 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 on 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 but the stay was brief and he was dismissed in November 2009.

In 2010, Slade was appointed manager of Leyton Orient and 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 him 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 position before being appointed the club`s head of football. He resigned from the role after only two weeks, and now he has become the manager of the Addicks.


Career Background

Notts County
Slade was assistant manager to Mick Walker at County, and took over as caretaker manager when Walker was sacked in September 1994. When County appointed Howard Kendall in January 1995, Slade stayed on as his assistant.

Sheffield United
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 Untied.

Scarborough
Slade`s first permanent 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 three games yielded just one point. However, a remarkable run of 39 points from the final 19 games of the season meant Scarborough finished twelves. 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 Monday 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
Nicky Law contract was not renewed following their slide into division two. Slade was appointed finishing mid table in 2004-05 season. Beating Tottenham and Derby County in the FA Cup. In the League Town eventually finished 4th and had to settle for the play-offs. Slade was unable to secure promotion, losing 1-0 to Cheltenham Town.

Yeovil Town
Slade`s success with Grimsby had attracted League one side Yeovil Town and Slade was appointed as the Somerset club`s manager. Slade led Yeovil to a surprised 5th place finish in the league where they defeated Nottingham forest to reach the play-off final. Millwall had interest in Slade but this was rejected by the club`s chairman John Fry. Slade also had managerial post at Brighton and Leyton Orient.

Cardiff City
On October 2014, Slade was appointed manager of the Welsh Club. Replacing Gunnar Solskjaer. The job was the highest that Slade had ever managed at having never managed above the third tier prior to this appointment. Slade was tasked with reducing the clubs wage bill which was still inflated due to their drop out of the Premier. This saw seven first team players leave the club in his first three months in charge. Slade became unpopular with a large section of supporters and crowd numbers fell. Despite his detractors, Slade insisted that the club had made progress under his stewardship and that he had given the club stability.

There you have it. Like it or lump it we have ourselves an English Manager. Many probably are not sure whether Russell Slade is the right man for the task ahead. But like I have already said at the beginning of this article. We made enough noises regarding this issue, so let`s see how things pan out. For what it is worth, he at least had managerial experiences in the Football League. Let us be thankful the regime mainly Miere has come to her senses and did not go for the easy option a Belgian nobody.