Vincent Tan targets new 'Arsene Wenger' for Cardiff City

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Vincent Tan has targeted former Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade as the main man to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Cardiff City.

The Malaysian billionaire believes that if he gets his man, he has the potential to be the next Arsene Wenger.

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The next Wenger?

Tan told The Sun: "The next manager I must select.

"He's been identified by me. I think he will make a good manager for us.

"All I can say to the Cardiff fans is give him a chance, give him a break."

He went on to say: "Russell was the fourth longest-serving manager in British football. Arsene Wenger is the longest and I hope that Russell joins us and one day can beat Wenger's record."

How possible that would be to achieve is debatable, considering that Slade is currently 53-years-old and Wenger has been Arsenal manager for 18 years. The ex-Orient manager would have to be at least 71 to even match the Frenchman's current record, and who knows how much longer he will continue managing the Gunners for. 

Exceeded expectations

Despite all that, it will be interesting to see how Slade does at Cardiff if he was to be given the manager's job. 

He had a remarkable year with The O's last season, guiding their small squad to the play-off final and marginally losing on penalties to Rotherham United, having been in the top two for large parts of the season.

However, this season he parted company with the London side, leaving them languishing just above the relegation zone with just two wins from a possible nine.

Controversial Tan

There has been some controversy surrounding the proposed move from Tan to make the Englishman their new manager.  The Cardiff owner admitted Slade is acting as a consultant for the Welsh club.

He said: "He's helping us a little bit on consultancy until he can sort out his contract. Then we can officially hire him.

"We now have a little problem with Leyton Orient but that is being sorted out." 

The owner has been no stranger to controversial moments since his arrival in the UK. He changed the Bluebirds home kit from their traditional blue colour to red, despite protests from the majority of City fans, as it is perceived as a lucky colour in Asia.

He also sacked Malky Mackay, the man who finally managed to take Cardiff into the Premier League for the first time in their history.

His passion for the side is undeniable, however; he is regularly seen at games both home and away, sporting his trademark high-waisted black trousers, white shirt and red jumper, with the red Cardiff jersey over the top of it.

Imminent appointment?

If he does appoint Slade, maybe his days of causing uproar in South Wales will be over, with his aim to make the manager 'the new Wenger'. 

Cardiff face Brighton tonight, with co-caretaker bosses Danny Gabbidon and Scott Young continuing to take the reigns. 

Slade was at the Cardiff City Stadium for their 2-1 home victory against Sheffield Wednesday on saturday; it seems like only a matter of time before he switches the stands for the dugout.

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