Russell Slade

Russell Slade

First date in charge: 07/06/2006

Last date in charge: 16/02/2009

Number of games in charge: 137

Number of seasons in charge: 3

Russell Slade 07/06/2006 - 16/02/2009

Played 137, Won 49, Drew 32, Lost 56, Win Rate 35.77%

Russell Slade is one of those rare football managers who never played the game professionally. He was a PE teacher after studying sport at University, and went straight into management as assistant to Mick Walker at Notts County.

He was born in Wokingham, Berkshire in October 1960 and after studying in Ormskirk, he went to teach in Nottingham. This was where he entered the world of professional football, taking the helm at Notts County after Walkers’ sacking, and staying on as assistant to Howard Kendall. Further spells followed at Scarborough and Grimsby Town before he was appointed at Yeovil. In his first season he reached the League 1 play-offs and in the semi-finals produced an amazing 5-2 win at the City Ground, Nottingham to take Yeovil Town to Wembley for the first time ever. Sadly they were beaten in the final.

Slade’s style of football was often criticised, but he certainly got results. He left in February 2009 after four straight victories, but a financial crisis was gripping the country, and with the chairman suggesting changes would be necessary at the club, Slade became frustrated with the club’s lack of ambition and left.