Former Cardiff boss Russell Slade has moved firmly into pole position as the next likely manager at troubled Charlton.

The bookies had played with the idea of Addicks captain Johnnie Jackson stepping up but all at the club realise that a quick return to the Championship should be in the hands of an experienced campaigner.

Now the man moved upstairs to Head of Football at the South Wales club is odds-on to make a quick return to the dug-out and begin the task of changing Charlton’s fortunes.

Slade, who was manager at Leyton Orient, lost his post in charge of the Bluebirds’ first-team after Cardiff’s failure to make the top six. He was told his new role meant he would have nothing to do with the team affairs run by Paul Trollope.

A Charlton Athletic season ticket lies on the pitch at the end of the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Burnley

That put Slade on the radar and Charlton Athletic moved swiftly for a meeting with other teams, including Blackburn, on the look-out.

The team any prospective manager faces will be much changed from that which tumbled into League One amid growing rancour from supporters who campaigned vociferously for Belgian Roland Duchatelet to sell up.

Talks are reportedly going on that would see Igor Vetokele move to Belgian club Sporting Lokeren while Simon Makienok is a target for Championship club Preston. Meanwhile, teenage Stevenage winger Louis-Michel Yamfam has signed for life in the Valley.

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