Cardiff's first choice manager target resigns to force Bluebirds move

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Cardiff City have had one approach for Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade rejected, but he has now offered his resignation to force a move to South Wales.

Cardiff City's time under the ownership of Vincent Tan has been eventful to the say the very least. The Malaysian forced the club to change their badge and their kit colour, to the anger of many Bluebirds fans. The frustration subsided momentarily when the club achieved promotion to the Premier League for the first time, but returned when Tan sacked fans favourite Malky Mackay as manager.

In came former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but the Norwegian couldn't keep Cardiff in the Premier League, an also struggled in the Championship upon their relegation. A 1-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough proved to be the final straw for Solskjaer, and Tan sacked him after just eight months in the job.

That leaves Cardiff looking for a new manager, and so far, they have targeted just one candidate - Leyton Orient's Russell Slade. The 53-year-old has done an outstanding job with Orient in recent years, taking the London club to the League One playoff final last season, only to lose to Rotherham United.

Slade has previously been in charge of Scarborough, Grimsby Town, Yeovil Town and Brighton, but his best work has certainly been with Orient. Yet whilst Cardiff wanted him to replace Solskjaer, Orient rejected their approach - leaving Slade frustrated after watching his side lose 1-0 to Sheffield United on Tuesday night.

"It’s frustrating," said Slade. "It's been turned down and that's all I can say, and whether Cardiff come back again I'm not sure. Maybe they'll move on. It's a big club and it will be a big job for somebody that eventually ends up with it."

Now though, according to Sky Sports, Slade has reportedly handed in his resignation at the Matchroom Stadium in a bid to force through a move to the Cardiff City Stadium. Whether Orient accept it or not remains to be seen, but it's clear that the relationship between Slade and Orient is on the verge of collapse - meaning a move to Cardiff is drawing ever closer.

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