Why Russell Slade is ready for his Cardiff City debut against boyhood club

Russell Slade will make his Cardiff City bow on Saturday as his new side face Nottingham Forest; the club he supported as a boy.

Saturday lunchtime will be an emotional occasion for Russell Slade as he will sit in the dugout for the first time as Cardiff City manager. The experienced manager has never been at this level before so it isn't surprising he is relishing the occasion.

The Bluebirds will face Stuart Pearce's Nottingham Forest side who remain unbeaten in the league. Born in Nottingham it was inevitable that Slade would take a shine to Forest at a time when they were enjoying their greatest moments under Brian Clough. As a player and a manager your support for a club slowly fades as your priorities change to the club you are currently at.

However no one can take away those memories of going to the matches as a young boy, and for Slade to now be going head-to-head against his hometown club it will be a wonderful occasion for the former Leyton Orient boss, however he won't be letting the occasion get the better of him.

"When we face them, let's get one thing straight, they won't be my heroes that day," he told Wales Online.

"But it's going to be a big day for me because, obviously, you want to get off to a good start. It couldn't be a much harder start, there's no doubt about that.

It has been a long journey for Slade to finally move up to a job in the second tier of English football. Twice a League One manager of the year with Yeovil Town and Leyton Orient after finishing in the play-off places, Slade has also taken Grimsby Town into the League Two play-off final.

His most impressive spell was with Orient and that is what has caught Vincent Tan's eye. Last year The O's played an attractive attacking brand of football which saw them score in 41 of their 46 league games. Having proved himself in the leagues below the Championship, he now has a chance to enhance his CV even further.

His attacking tactics last season should be encouraged again at Cardiff with players such as Kenwyne Jones, Adam Le Fondre, and Federico Macheda at his disposable there is plenty of goals in the side.

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