Russell Slade returns to Grimsby Town

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 12 April 2017, 11:01

Russell Slade must be shattered. The 56-year-old has just taken charge of his FOURTH Football League team within the last year, after putting pen to paper with former club Grimsby Town.

This time last year Slade was 7th in the Championship with Cardiff, and then after disappointing spells with the League One duo of Charlton and Coventry, he now finds himself down in League Two with 14th placed Grimsby, with whom he managed between 2004 and 2006.

The Mariners surprisingly sacked manager Marcus Bignot on Monday after just five months at the helm, in a decision many viewed as harsh.

The club, who have since said that they want to “build on last seasons’ promotion” (from the National League), have wasted little time in finding Bignot’s replacement in the dugout this morning (Wednesday) after confirming Slade as their third manager of the season.

It’s fair to say that Slade hasn’t enjoyed the best of years. At Charlton he lasted just 21 games, winning just 24% of his matches. Then, at Coventry, he could only accumulate 16 matches at the helm - winning just three - meaning he departed with a 19% win percentage.

There appears to be a reoccurring theme with the three clubs Slade has managed within the last year: Cardiff are owned by Vincent Tan, Charlton by Roland Duchatelet, and Coventry by SISU.

Enough said.

In his previous spell at Grimsby Slade led the club to the League Two play-off final, losing to Cheltenham, before venturing off to Yeovil.

Slade, who will be assisted by former Mariners striker and coach Paul Wilkinson, said on his unveiling:

"It was a welcome return, I'm delighted to be back. Let's hope this time we can improve on last time.

 

"I think I've got the experience to make tough decisions. But it is an opportunity and a challenge for the players to impress."