Can Cardiff boss turn the tide as pressure mounts?

Russell Slade has struggled to turn the Cardiff City ship around since inheriting the managerial reins in South Wales.

Cardiff City boss Russell Slade is feeling the pressure, with a run of just one win in 11 Championship games seeing the Welsh side slip towards the relegation zone.

The ex-Leyton Orient coach, who only arrived in South Wales in mid-October, has struggled to stamp his managerial authority at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The Bluebirds are in dismal form, picking up a mere seven points from a possible 33. As a result, the crowds are dwindling and the boo-boys are well and truly out in force.

In Slade's defence, the 54-year-old has had to do an awful lot of chopping and changing since arriving in the Welsh capital - bringing in his own players, as well as getting rid of the high earners. But the Bluebirds still have a strong squad and to be in 16th place at this stage of the season is unacceptable.

Slade, who heartbreakingly lost the League One Play-Off Final with Orient last term, is looking to appoint ex-Bristol Rovers boss Paul Trollope in a coaching role, in a bid to try and turn Cardiff's misfortunes around, according to BBC Sport.

The Welsh club were hot favourites to make an instant return to the Premier League after tumbling through the trapdoor in 2013/14, but with just nine wins to their name all season, they now find themselves closer to the drop zone than the play-offs.

Despite club owner Vincent Tan's recent decision to reinstate Cardiff back to their traditional blue colours, the Bluebirds have failed to kick on and have only secured one win since.

Cardiff do not have a match this week, as they were disappointingly knocked out of the FA Cup at home to Reading three weeks ago. Slade's side, who have drawn their last two Championship matches, will therefore hope to relieve some of the pressure and get a much-needed three points on the board when they entertain Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday evening.

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