Former Cardiff boss Russell Slade has been appointed the new manager of Charlton Athletic – and he says he cannot wait to get started.
His appointment as the Addicks boss was widely anticipated after he quit as the Bluebirds’ head of football at the weekend, kicked upstairs after the ownership of the South Wales club were unhappy with their eight place finish.
The 55-year-old joins the Addicks from his role as “head of football” at Cardiff City and has signed a three-year contract at The Valley, a return to London for the man who ran Leyton Orient for four years.
Slade said: “I am very pleased to be appointed manager of Charlton Athletic, a club with a fantastic tradition and history.
“I was attracted to Charlton Athletic as the club has great facilities, passionate fans and a very successful academy. This is a hugely exciting opportunity and I cannot wait to get started.”
Charlton Athletic CEO Katrien Meire said: “We’re delighted to have agreed terms. We don’t underestimate the challenge of getting Charlton Athletic back into the Championship.
“We believe Russell is the man to help us achieve this and, with the help of everyone involved in the club, ensure that Charlton Athletic have a successful 2016-17 campaign.
“Russell has vast experience in the division and is a two-time League One Manager of The Year. He joins us as manager on a long-term contract and his appointment represents the start of an exciting new era at the club under his guidance.”
Slade’s managerial career has spanned over 20 years and has seen him take charge of almost 800 matches in professional football. During his 242-game spell with the O’s, he transformed them from a relegation-threatened side to promotion challengers - reaching the League One play-off final in 2014. He won 103 matches while in charge and possesses the highest win percentage of any manager in Orient’s history.
His experience with controversial owner Vincent Tan at Cardiff will also stand him in good stead at Charlton where the divisions between the Belgian owner Roland Duchatelet and many supporters have become rancorous.
Slade will be officially unveiled on Tuesday (June 6).