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Vincent Tan wants Russell Slade to outlast Arsene Wenger

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Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan is one of the most unpredictable men in football, so his latest comments regarding Russell Slade - although crazy - should not be particularly surprising.

The Malaysian billionaire businessman is hoping to appoint the former Leyton Orient manager as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's successor, after the Norwegian was relieved of his duties in South Wales on September 18.

And, in the build-up to Slade's official unveiling, Tan has lavished praise on the Bluebirds' next manager, suggesting that there is no reason why the 53-year-old can't surpass Arsene Wenger's record of nearly two decades unbroken tenure.

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Vincent Tan quote:

"All I can say to the Cardiff fans is give him a chance, give him a break," he said in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports.

"Russell is the fourth longest serving manager in British football. Arsene Wenger is the longest and I hope if Russell can join us he can beat Arsene Wenger's record."

The Arsenal tactician is by far and away the longest-serving manager in English football following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013, having been in the north London hot-seat for more than 18 years.

Earlier this year the Gunners boss signed a new three-year contract that will keep him at the Emirates until 2017, by which point the Frenchman will have held his position with the club for over 20 years.

Talks continue...

Cardiff's recent approach to speak to Slade was actually rejected by the League One club, prompting the veteran coach to tender his resignation, resulting in a swift exit from Brisbane Road.

While his appointment is delayed and compensation talks between the two clubs continues, Tan reassured Bluebirds fans that Slade's arrival comes with a long- term vision, having been personally picked out by the erratic chairman.

"Yes, he was identified by me," he confirmed. "Dave Jones wasn't recruited by me, Malky Mackay wasn't recruited by me, in a way Ole wasn't recruited by me. But I said now the next manager, I must select him and I think he will make a good manager for us.

"We now have a little problem with Leyton Orient but that is being sorted out. Russell is helping us a little bit on consultancy until he can sort out his contract. Then we can officially hire him."

Disappointing end to O's tenure

Slade spoke of his frustration at not being permitted by the east London club to talk to Cardiff following the O's League Cup third round defeat against Sheffield United, and has since walked away from Orient in the hope of pushing through his step up to the Championship.

The whole episode marks an unsavoury end to his successful four-year spell with the club. He was named League One manager of the year for the 2013/14 campaign after narrowly missing out on promotion via the play-offs, but now departs under a cloud as he prepares to be appointed as Tan's latest man in charge of the Bluebirds.

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