Russell Slade set to be announced as Grimsby boss

Simon Lillicrap by Simon Lillicrap / 11 April 2017, 14:46

Grimsby Town are set to announce Russell Slade as their manager on Wednesday morning (10am) after the departure of Marcus Bignot. Slade will be returning to Blundell Park for a second spell following his stint at the club between 2004-2006.

Grimsby performed well under Slade in his first spell in charge. He led them to the League Two play-off final in his second season, but they were unsuccessful in their promotion bid, losing 1-0 to Cheltenham in the final.

He then swapped the Mariners for Yeovil Town, upsetting the Grimsby faithful at the time, who felt betrayed by his actions. However, they seem fairly happy with his re-appointment as many fans did not rate previous manager Bignot.

Slade did well at Yeovil too, taking them to the League One play-off final which they lost 2-0 to Blackpool. Slade at least won individual praice, winning the the Manager of the Year that season, before venturing off to Brighton the following campaign.

Slade's spell on the south coast was brief, moving on to Leyton Orient, where he had his most successful spell, saving the club from relegation before leading them to back-to-back 7th placed finishes.

Things turned sour for Slade as he moved up a league to Championship side Cardiff City in 2014, losing his job despite leading the club to an 11th and 8th place finish, although crowd numbers had dwindled under his tenure.

Up next was a short spell in charge of Charlton, with the trigger-happy owners dismissed him after 21 games.

Slade continued his trend of working under difficult owners, taking the manager’s job at Coventry, but he won just one of his 13 league games, and Coventry were essentially relegated because of his time in charge.

14th-placed Grimsby are safe for this season but Slade certainly has a big job to do if he's going to match the owners’ lofty expectations...the club’s reasons for sacking former boss Bignot was because of their ambitions to build on last season’s success.

You get the feeling that Salde could be out of a job by Christmas...