Russell Slade: Cardiff City head of football leaves club with immediate effect

Russell Slade
Russell Slade's Cardiff City win percentage is 37.21%

Russell Slade has left his role as Cardiff City's head of football after only 28 days in the job.

The former Bluebirds manager was moved to a new role at the end of the 2015-16 season and was replaced by Paul Trollope.

Slade was appointed Cardiff boss in October 2014 in succession to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Cardiff finished 11th and eighth in the Championship under Slade, with several players departing.

Slade at Cardiff
Appointed manager of Cardiff on 6 October, 2014
2014-15: 11th place in Championship
2015-16: 8th place in Championship
Cardiff won only three of the last 10 games of the season to miss out on the Championship play-offs.

The 55-year old previously managed Leyton Orient, Brighton and Yeovil Town.

"The club feels that it is necessary to have a change. We want to create a spark to take us to another level," Cardiff chief executive Ken Choo said about the decision to remove Slade as boss.

BBC Wales football correspondent Rob Phillips:
"Russell Slade was always seen as a left field appointment as manager and his Head of Football role never seemed one for which he was equipped or a long term assignment.
"The predictable departure has happened earlier than many expected, but is the best possible news for head coach Paul Trollope.
"He is no longer seen to be in the shadow of Slade and will now look to revamp his backroom staff as he wants."

Slade is understood to be keen on a return to management and is among the favourites for the vacant Charlton Athletic role, the south London side relegated to League One last term.

He endured a difficult time with Cardiff City's supporters, who were often not shy in voicing an opinion against him, despite his tenure including a backdrop of wage reductions and player sales.

Cardiff let Kenwyne Jones and Joe Mason leave the club in January when a transfer embargo was slapped on them for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.

The previous season Slade was forced to reduce the bloated squad he inherited from Solskjaer.

Russell Slade's Cardiff record
PlayedWonDrawnLostWin %
8632272737.21

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