Cardiff City have endured a strange few years under owner Vincent Tan. The Malaysian businessman controversially changed the badge and colour of the team's kits from blue to red in order to be more appealing to the Malaysian market, and despite opposition from the fans, the Bluebirds were promoted to the Premier League in 2013 for the first time in their history.
Yet after a tempestuous relationship with manager Malky Mackay, Tan made another controversial decision by sacking the Scot in December 2013 and replacing him with former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian struggled in South Wales though, failing to prevent Cardiff getting relegated before making a poor start to life in the Championship - making him the latest manager to feel Tan's axe.
Now, Tan has seemingly gone in a completely different direction with his latest appointment. The usually quiet, humble and understated Russell Slade has tonight been appointed as Cardiff's new manager after impressing with Leyton Orient, who he took to the League One play-off final last season.
Slade, formerly of Grimsby Town, Yeovil Town and Brighton and Hove Albion, is now 53 and was clearly Tan's top choice having had one approach rejected by the O's for his services, but Slade forced the move by handing in his resignation at the Matchroom Stadium, and after a lengthy wrangle between the two sides, Slade was finally presented at the Cardiff City Stadium today.
"I’m grateful to Vincent for giving me this opportunity as Cardiff City is a fantastic Football Club," said Slade. "We have a large squad and it’s more than putting out the best eleven players on paper. We need the best group of players out there with the right balance and chemistry. It’s now about building a relationship with the players and installing a strong ethos and work ethic. That’s what I want us to take onto the pitch every week.”