Orient manager will celebrate four years at the helm on SaturdaySaturday April 5 marks four years since Russell Slade took over as manager of Leyton Orient, a remarkable achievement in the current climate.
Slade is the fourth longest serving manager in the country behind Arsene Wenger (Arsenal - appointed 1996), Paul Tisdale (Exeter - appointed 2006) and Mark Yates (Cheltenham - appointed 2009). Yet despite the landmark, the O's boss is keen to play down the anniversary as he has bigger things on his mind.
"Of course it's great to be settled somewhere and it's a nice thing to tick off another year," said Slade. "In our industry it just isn't common place any more and the Chairman deserves much credit for sticking by me with his vision. Every manager wants stability and that is what I have here which is great but whether it is a milestone or a landmark right now, that's irrelevant. I have one focus at the moment and that is getting this club to the next level which overshadows everything else as far as I'm concerned, there's still a lot to play for."
SLADE IN NUMBERS
- 1,461 days in charge
- 221 games
- W95 D53 L73
- Win percentage: 42.99%
- Highest win percentage of any Orient manager who has ever managed more than two games
- Overall League goal difference of +28 at Orient (254 scored. 226 conceded)
- League finishes in full seasons in charge: 7th, 20th, 7th, + guaranteed top six this year
- FA Cup round reached in full seasons in charge: 5th, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd
- League Cup round reached in full seasons in charge: 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd
- Football League Trophy round reached in full seasons in charge: 2nd, 1st, Area Final, 3rd
- Three manager of the month awards
- 4th longest serving manager in country
- 655 career games as a manager