Russell Slade seemed like a decent option when he was appointed in the summer of 2014. After the controversy of Malky Mackay and Ian Moody, Slade came in as the quiet, professional individual to take Cardiff City forward and back into the big time.
However, after the amount of money spent in the Premier League, Vincent Tan decided that Slade would be given limited resources and gave him the job of losing all of the big earners, decreasing the squad size and not to finish in the top six. This was not received in the best light by the Cardiff City fans and the Bluebirds finished 11th last season.
However, new season, new lease of life. Slade has had all of the summer to bring in the faces he desires and shift the dead wood. Despite a lot of the departures going out on loan, the wage bill has been slashed, keeping Tan happy.
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The 55-year-old has also worked his magic on the field and guided his side to seventh in the league and just four points off the play-offs. If he can mastermind a plan to sneak into that final playoff spot, he and Tan will see it as a season well done.
So, then the question "Does he deserve a new contract at the end of the season?" comes into discussion.
The main reason why the former Leyton Orient manager hasn't been offered a new deal so far is because he himself wants to concentrate on the football side of things.
What a noble thing to do, but we don't know what is going through Tan's mind, after saying Slade could "be the new Arsene Wenger" and last 25 years, one would assume that they'll sit down before his current deal expires and comes to an agreement.
Many of the fans have also been returning in the last few games, indicating that Slade seems to be winning them over. Granted, there are still a few groups of fans that aren't convinced, but you can't satisfy everyone. Slade has stabilised Cardiff City and has turned them back into a respectable club.
Offering him a new contract could be a positive step as the squad attempt to return to the Premier League.
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