Cardiff City manager Russell Slade has informed WalesOnline that he will discover if he will be the manager next season in ’48 to 72 hours’. The Bluebirds end their campaign at home to Birmingham City on Saturday, with their play-off bid ending following defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.
Slade will meet up with owner Vincent Tan to discover if he is still in employment once the weekend is over. A decision is expected on Monday. Tan is said to be unsure if Slade is the right man to take the club forward.
Chairman Mehmet Dalman has held initial discussions with the manager about a new deal, but ultimately the call looks set to fall to Tan, who appointed Slade to the position in October 2014.
Nevertheless, Slade insists it is business as usual at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, then he will focus on his own future, which looks set to finally be decidied,
“Everything will be resolved in 48 to 72 hours.
“I spoke to the chairman on the new contract. We will have to wait and see. I’ve not spoken to Vincent (Tan).
“The chairman was good, very good – open and honest as normal.
“I don’t know about a new contract, I will know in the next 48 hours. They will be private matters. I sit here and honestly there has been no conclusion reached yet.”
55-year-old Slade, who has managed clubs such as Leyton Orient, Brighton & Hove Albion and Yeovil Town in a lengthy managerial career, revealed that Tan has been too busy to meet up of late due to being ‘very busy’ but did reveal that ‘elements need to be discussed’,
“I will be speaking to Vincent as well. Of course I want to say. He’s (Tan) been very busy. I 100 per cent don’t know what’s happening. But there’s dialogue and it is coming to a conclusion.
“There are elements that need to be discussed. They are private and need to remain that. The important things is that everyone is on the same page.”
Slade was said to have been given three games to save his job only a few months ago following an indifferent run of form. It has been tough winning over fans since he was appointed but is at least hoping for ‘positive attitude’ from his team against Gary Rowett’s Blues on Saturday to bring the curtain down on the season.