Russell Slade: Cardiff City manager targeting top six finish

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Performances will win over fans - Slade

New Cardiff City manager Russell Slade says his target is to secure a top-six finish in the Championship this season.

The former Leyton Orient boss was earmarked as the ideal replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by Bluebirds owner Vincent Tan.

But Slade made it clear that he will be in charge of team affairs.

"He [Tan] is entitled to an opinion but it will be me picking the team," Slade said.

"The target is to get as high up the league as we possibly can and to get into that top six if at all possible.

"We've left ourselves a little bit of a battle with the position we're in [15th] but there are still 35 games to go, so that gives us a realistic opportunity to be in the shake-up... you can still get in the Premier League from those play-offs."

Slade says...
"When this opportunity came along I thought it was an excellent one, a club with huge potential going forward and I felt as if I'd done the miles"
"I believe in attacking football, I like to go forward, I like by and large to play with two strikers up front"
"There may need to be in the short term some wheeling and dealing to get a sizable, talented group... of the right type of player"
"Of course Vincent Tan is the owner and he is entitled to an opinion, but it will be me picking the team"
"We have a very strong budget for the league and the players openly are very well paid... from that we should be doing better than we are"

Speaking at his first official press conference as Cardiff boss on Tuesday, Slade also revealed he would like Scott Young to be a first-team assistant under him.

Young and fellow Bluebirds stalwart Danny Gabbidon were joint caretaker managers following Solskjaer's departure on 18 September.

Gabbidon, on international duty with Wales, is also expected to continue in the player-coach role he was originally signed for by Solskjaer in September.

"Scott will be a big part of what we're doing, he will remain with me as an assistant at first-team level," Slade said.

"The rest of the structure will come together, that's something we've got to look at clearly because there was a few members of staff that departed with the last regime."

Slade was appointed on Monday after a protracted legal dispute between Cardiff and League One Leyton Orient.

The 53-year-old has signed a two-year contract with Cardiff, who are currently 15th in the Championship.

Slade said he had a good squad to work with at Cardiff, but did not rule out making changes and if necessary would trim it down.

"It is a big squad and arguably too big and that's something that we'll look at, so there may need to be in the short term some wheeling and dealing to get a sizable, talented group - and there is talented players here - of the right type of player," he said.

Slade said he had already held several constructive meetings with Malaysian businessman Tan, who took over Cardiff City in May 2010.

"I've had a couple of very, very good, honest conversations with him," Slade said.

"It's a big budget here, he's put a lot of money into it and I think he wants real value for it.

"Going forward we're going to have to roll our sleeves up, work hard and he wants that work ethic, he wants that honesty on the pitch.

"I'm hoping that together we can provide that, because i think that's the way forward anyway."

The media assembled for Russell Slade's first official press conference as Cardiff City manager
The media assembled for Russell Slade's first official press conference as Cardiff City manager
New Cardiff City manager Russell Slade gets his point across during his first press conference
New Cardiff City manager Russell Slade gets his point across during his first press conference

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