Former Sheffield United man heads to Cardiff

Leyton Orient's outgoing  manager Russell Slade.
Leyton Orient's outgoing manager Russell Slade.
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Russell Slade’s last match in charge at Leyton Orient looks likely to have been in his side’s defeat to his old club Sheffield United.

The 53-year-old former Blades caretaker manager is widely rumoured to have tendered his resignation as manager of Orient and now looks likely to take over at Cardiff City.

Orient denied the Welsh club permission to talk to Slade on Monday as the Welsh club searched for a successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

However, reports surfacing overnight suggested that the 53-year-old had tendered his resignation, although it remains unclear whether this has been accepted.

Slade has been under pressure at Brisbane Road after a difficult start to the season but admitted after Orient’s 1-0 defeat by United on Tuesday in the third round of the Capital One Cup that he did not know what the future would bring.

“I don’t know [if I’ll be in charge on Saturday]. Obviously whether Cardiff come back again I’m not sure.

“Maybe they’ll move on, I’m not sure,” he said.

If negotiations can be wrapped up within a few hours, as is likely, Slade could be in charge of Cardiff for the first time in Saturday’s home Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

The bookmakers’ odds on red-hot favourite Slade landing the Cardiff post were slashed even further on Wednesday afternoon.

He has never run a team at Championship level, but believes he can do well in Wales.

Slade celebrates 20 years in management this month, and has been in charge of seven clubs in the lower leagues during his career.

He joined Orient in April 2010 with the club facing relegation to League Two, but managed to also get them to the play-off final last season where they lost out to promotion after a penalty shoot-out against Rotherham United.