Russell Slade: Manager waits to learn Cardiff City fate

By Rob PhillipsBBC Wales football correspondent
Russell Slade
Russell Slade succeeded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Cardiff in October 2014

Russell Slade says he will know by the start of next week whether he has a future at Cardiff City.

The Bluebirds boss held talks with chairman Mehmet Dalman following the defeat at Sheffield Wednesday which ended their play-off hopes,

Slade, 55, will go into the final game of the season against Birmingham, insisting he does not know the club hierarchy's decision on his fate.

''Everything will be resolved in the next 48 to 72 hours,'' he said.

Slade joined Cardiff in October 2014 from Leyton Orient and says he wants to stay with the Bluebirds.

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Owner Vincent Tan is expected to have final say on the future of Slade, who anticipates a conversation with the Malaysian tycoon in the next few days.

''I 100% don't know what is happening," Slade added.

"But at least there is dialogue and it is coming to a conclusion. I think it is a case of being a little bit patient.''

Slade insists he has made ''progress'' at Cardiff this season with the Bluebirds destined to finish either seventh or eighth, having been placed 11th at the end of the 2014-15 season.

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''I have given the club stability and that should not be underestimated in today's modern world of football where clubs find themselves lacking that stability and sometimes go down two levels and not just one," Slade added.

''I ensured that was never going to happen at this football club.

''I have enjoyed making the progress we have made despite the obstacles that have been put in my way - financial restrictions, transfer embargoes etc. They are the cards you are given sometimes.

''I have worked extremely hard - as have my staff - to ensure we remained competitive in the Championship. That is exactly what we have done by taking everything to the penultimate game.

''We all felt that we could maybe get into that top six. That is the disappointment. That hurts, there is no doubt about that.

''But whoever is manager, the club has to learn from that and make further progress.''

Meanwhile Cardiff defender Sean Morrison faces disruption at the start of next season after having an investigative operation on an ankle injury suffered at Sheffield Wednesday.

The former Reading player faces 10 to 12 weeks on the sidelines.

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