Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Moving from Orient to Cardiff May Not Actually Be a Step Forward

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Moving from Orient to Cardiff May Not Actually Be a Step Forward

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Byline: Patrick Barclay

AFTER a lot of study and a few struggles against the odds at places as diverse as Scarborough and Yeovil, Russell Slade seemed to have formed a true bond with Leyton Orient.

Even the neutral observer, marvelling at the team spirit that saw the club through an enthralling play-off semi-final with Peterborough, could sense that it was something special and it nearly culminated in Orient becoming the smallest club in the Championship, for at Wembley in May they led 3-2 on penalties before Rotherham prevailed.

Slade's consolation was the recognition of his fellow members of the League Managers' Association and as, at their annual dinner, he accepted the League One Manager of the Year award with characteristic warmth, the last things you would have foreseen were that (a) Orient would begin the new season disappointingly and (b) that the club would consider Slade's dismissal a plausible solution.

But Orient had a change of ownership during the summer and Francesco Becchetti, who took control from Barry Hearn, recently warned Slade that results must improve. …

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