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Charlton Athletic: Russell Slade must have control

The former Leyton Orient chairman, Barry Hearn, has told the News Shopper, that Roland Duchatelet must give Charlton Athletic’s Russell Slade full autonomy, in order for Charlton to be successful.

Earlier this week on Monday, the former Cardiff City and Leyton Orient manager was appointed as the new man to lead the Addicks next season.

Russell Slade is Duchatelet’s sixth managerial change since he took over back in January 2014, including former Standard Liege manager, Jose Riga, who was appointed twice.

One of Slade’s most successful tenures in his managerial career was at Leyton Orient, under Barry Hearn.

Hearn has informed Duchatelet that he must provide Slade with full autonomy and control in the summer transfer window, and throughout the upcoming season.

“Russell always made the call, of course, because he was the manager. I never really agree with a chairman interfering with anything.

“He’s very straight forward, he speaks his mind and he’ll tell you the truth whether you want to hear it or not – that’s the type of manager I always wanted.

“I hope that Roland and his team will appreciate what they’ve got and let him do his job, while the management carries on with managing the club. 

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“But, don’t interfere – once you’ve made an appointment, stick with it and you’ve got a class one in Russell.”

Hearn was then asked what his opinion was on the significant amount of managerial changes at the Valley, since Duchatelet has taken over. He said the following:

“If you need five managers in two-and-a-half years, don’t sack the manager, sack yourself because that means you’ve made terrible appointments. It’s not a good sign.

“My message to any chairman is always once you’ve made a call, stand your ground and give them time because you can’t just go from pillar to post.

“You can’t be influenced by one or two results along the way, you have to support your [managerial] decision 100 per cent and no less is acceptable.”

He also warned that fans as well as Duchatelet must give Slade time to progress, leave his mark and create success.

“This goes for the fans as well, give the manager time to do a job – so judge Russell Slade at the end of next season.”

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