Former Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade is set to become the new manager of Cardiff City on Monday afternoon.
The 53-year old has been aiding the Welsh club as a ‘consultant’ since resigning from his post at Brisbane Road in late September, and the Bluebirds have been in a legal dispute with the League One club since their interest first came to light.
Slade travelled with the Cardiff City squad for the first time for the Championship game against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road as he worked in his consultancy role, with Cardiff going down 1-0 to the Tangerines on Friday evening.
Scott Young and Danny Gabbidon have been in caretaker charge since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure and have only won one of their four league games in charge.
The former Notts County and Yeovil manager had previously watched Cardiff’s 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday and was at the 1-1 draw at Brighton.
Slade’s former club Orient initially rejected an approach for him on September 22, just four days after Solksjaer stepped down. He subsequently publicly spoke out about his frustration at not being permitted to talk to Cardiff before quitting as manager of the League One side the following day.
Legal discussions between the clubs have delayed Slade’s appointment but he is now expected to take charge of the Bluebirds, who currently lie 15th in the Championship table, with just 13 points from 11 games.
Controversial Cardiff owner Vincent Tan has said he hopes Slade can beat Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s 18-year long-service record.