Former Cardiff City boss Russell Slade is the new hot name in the frame to take over at Charlton Athletic .
Slade had two seasons at the helm of the Bluebirds but fans became increasingly disenchanted with his side’s lethargic performances and he was moved to Head of Football earlier this month and replaced by Paul Trollope.
Slade would be familiar with intrusive and erratic ownership. Malaysian businessman Vincent Tan became something of a byword in foreign meddling and needlessly goading fans in Wales. Whether this makes Slade perfect for the Roland Duchatelet regime or weary of it may be pivotal.
Slade will be familiar to Londoners as he managed Leyton Orient between 2010-2014 and has had spells running Leicester and Scarborough and Yeovil Town.
Another name warming up the bookie’s betting slips is Rochdale’s Keith Hill. Charlton have expressed an interest but it is understood that the 47-year-old has set his sights on the vacant Blackburn job.
Hill led Rochdale to two promotions from League Two and, in the past two seasons, to the club’s record league position and points total in League One.
One former Charlton favourite, Chris Powell, was never a likely choice following his open criticism of the Belgian ownership. He is now favourite to take over at Bolton while, in another twist, there is talk of Johnnie Jackson having a go in the Valley dug-out.
The Charlton captain, now 33, could “do a Neil Harris” swapping his Charlton shirt for a collar and tie. Nothing is impossible under the current ownership and Jackson has spoken stirringly of the challenge the club faces.
He said: “This is my club. I’ll be here next season and I’ll be giving it everything to try and get us back.
“I’ve been there before and captained the side to a promotion from League One and I know that won’t sound like much solace to the supporters but we have to try and rebuild and recreate some of the spirit that we had that year.”
Former Sheffield Utd boss Nigel Adkins, Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder and former Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies have also spoken to the south London side about the vacancy to become the seventh manager since 2014.