Cardiff City have announced the appointment of Russell Slade as the Bluebirds’ new manager.Slade, who left League One side Leyton Orient last month, has been touted for the job ever since the exit of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in September, and the Championship club finally confirmed the news on Monday night.The 53-year-old takes over with the Welsh outfit languishing in 15th position following their relegation from the Premier League, after just one win in eight league games.“I’m grateful to Vincent [Tan] for giving me this opportunity as Cardiff City is a fantastic football club,” said Slade.In a statement on the club’s website, Cardiff owner Tan said Slade’s reputation within the game convinced him he was the right man for the job, with the Malaysian businessman also aiming a bizarre dig at former Bluebirds boss, Malky Mackay.“I’m delighted to appoint Russell Slade as the manager of Cardiff City,” he said.“I have personally offered Russell this opportunity after giving much thought to the needs of the club at this point in time and firmly believe that he is the right person for the job.“I have spoken to many knowledgeable people in the game about Russell, and the feedback has been extremely positive. He is clearly well liked and respected, particularly by his former [Leyton Orient] chairman, Mr Barry Hearn, who could not speak more highly of him, both as a person and as a manager.“I ask that our supporters offer him a chance to prove his long term value to our club, giving him and his players their full support as we try to earn our place in the Premier League under his guidance.“Look at Russell’s track record. He certainly deserves to be given a chance. After all, Cardiff gave a chance to a mediocre manager from Watford and he took the club to the Premier League. I did however give him a lot of money to spend for that – in fact, too much money.“This is an important appointment for me because Russell has the right values for the Club and our supporters. I hope he will be able to bring the best out of our squad, and also help to unite everyone associated with the Club. So, let’s all give Russell a chance.” 1 New Cardiff manager Russell Slade
Henry’s dream return last October to manage Monaco, the club where he established his reputation as a top class striker, turned into a nightmare.Having been part of Belgium manager Roberto Martinez’s backroom team at the World Cup — where they reached the semi-finals — he lasted just over 100 days after only four league wins.“Call me crazy if you want, but I love football and I believe I can be a successful coach,” he said.“I’m not thinking about the pain, I’m not thinking about failure. I don’t like easy.Thierry Henry’s phone did not ring for four months after being sacked by Monaco however since then he has received five job offers none of which he has accepted © AFP / VALERY HACHE“I like to lead and it’s on me to make it happen. The same when I joined Arsenal as a player, the same when I went to Belgium with Roberto. It’s an evolution.”– ‘Communication and honesty’ –Henry, who was a member of the France squads that won both the 1998 World Cup and the Euro 2000 title, said although he has been contacted over jobs, he has yet to find the right fit.“My phone didn’t ring for four months after I left Monaco and then all of a sudden I got five calls,” he said.“Some were not what I was looking for and some were as a number two.”“I won’t do a number two job because I want to be a number one.”Henry, who has spoken with basketball and athletics coaches since being fired to gain extra insight into coaching top level athletes, says it is frustrating having to wait around for another opportunity but he is convinced football coaching is where his future lies.“I came out of it fully reassured that’s what I want to do, zero doubt about it,” he said.All Henry asks is for transparency from his employers.“Communication and honesty from the start is key,” he said.“What’s the job? Is the job to stay up, is the job to win the League or be in the Champions League?“But how and what is success? Is success improving players? Ultimately, results are the most important thing, but I want to improve players as well.”0Shares0000(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thierry Henry’s miserable tenure at Monaco has not dimmed his ardour to have another chance to prove himself as a top manager © AFP / YANN COATSALIOULONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 22 – France football legend Thierry Henry is keen for another chance to prove he can be a successful manager despite his unhappy brief tenure at Ligue 1 side Monaco.The 42-year-old — Arsenal’s record goalscorer — told the Daily Telegraph that although his phone did not ring for four months following his sacking, things have picked up since then and he has received five offers.