Cardiff City: We pick team, say Young and Gabbidon

Scott Young and Danny Gabbidon

Cardiff City's temporary managers Scott Young and Danny Gabbidon have held talks with owner Vincent Tan and likely new boss Russell Slade - but insist they have control of team selection.

Young and Gabbidon are set be in charge for the last time on Friday against Blackpool before Slade takes over.

"He's [Tan] talked football with us, but he's given us free reign," said Young.

"What you've seen in the games we've taken charge has been our decision."

Cardiff and Slade's ex-side Leyton Orient are in dispute over his move.

Malaysian businessman Tan also has revealed Slade is helping Cardiff as a consultant.

Meanwhile, Young says Cardiff defender Matt Connolly (hamstring) has a "50-50" chance of playing at Blackpool.

Prospective new Bluebirds boss Russell Slade was at Cardiff City Stadium for the Sheffield Wednesday game
Prospective new Bluebirds boss Russell Slade was at Cardiff City Stadium for the Sheffield Wednesday game

Orient initially rejected an approach by the Bluebirds for Slade, who had been their manager since 2010.

Slade spoke of his frustration at not being permitted by the League One side to talk to Cardiff following the O's League Cup defeat by Sheffield United on 23 September.

He then handed in his resignation and Orient put Kevin Nugent in charge for last Saturday's 3-2 defeat by Rochdale in League One.

Cardiff's legal team are discussing a compensation deal with Orient, who have referred the matter to their lawyers.

The Welsh side have been without a manager since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped down on 18 September.

Slade - named League One manager of the year for the 2013-14 season - has been one of the favourites to take over since Solskjaer departed.

While in charge Young and Gabbidon have had mixed fortunes.

Cardiff beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 last weekend and went on to draw 1-1 against Brighton & Hove Albion.

They have also overseen a 2-2 draw at Derby and a 3-0 League Cup defeat by Bournemouth.

Slade has held talks with Orient owner Francesco Becchetti and has said he was "proud" to be linked with Cardiff, who were relegated from the Premier League at the end of 2013-14.

The Bluebirds sacked Malky Mackay in December 2013, with successor Solskjaer departing after less than nine months in charge.

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