Interview : Russell Slade : 07/06/2006
The press conference to introduce Russell Slade as Yeovil Town manager
Russell Slade
Russell Slade
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Russell Slade was appointed as Yeovil Town's new manager on Wednesday 7th June 2006. He was formally unveiled at a press conference at Huish Park and the following represents the full transcript of that press conference.

Yeovil Town director Stephen Allinson hosted the press conference to welcome in new manager Russell Slade to Huish Park. Stephen started by giving apologies for the absence of two significant individuals. Chairman John Fry was unable to attend as he was at the League Chairman's AGM in Portugal, whilst assistant manager Steve Thompson was on a coaching course at Warwick University.

Stephen opened by saying the following:

SA: Most importantly, sitting on my left is Russell Slade, who I am able to confirm signed yesterday (6th June 2006) a formal contract with Yeovil Town to be our manager for the next three years. I am very pleased about that. I had a very nice evening together with Russell and his wife yesterday and today will be an opportunity for him to answer a few questions and to give you a few thoughts on his vision for Yeovil Town and hopefully to get us off to a good start.

The process for appointing our new manager has to some extent been a long one. There have been many column inches written by a number of faces who I see looking at me here, with some of them more complimentary than others! But we are here today, ready to move forward. I am very pleased on behalf of the board that Russell has agreed to take this appointment and we as a board are unanimous in our view that Russell is the right person to take Yeovil Town forward.

When we looked at the right candidates and we identified the qualities that we were looking for, I think we were certain that Russell fitted the bill in a number of those respects. Sparing his blushes, I can say that he is young - or at least he is two years younger than me! He is ambitious as a football manager and we want ambition for Yeovil Town. That is the first thing.

He has also got some proven experience with working with young players, which again is something that we feel very committed to. It's probably been pretty well documented that when he took over at Grimsby, I think he had only four players in his squad. So he had to build a squad and he built that squad from using young players mixed with some more experience. He is used as well to working with one of the smaller budgets in League Two. We all know that we are not the largest club in League One. We are not the smallest, but we are not the largest. We have always said that we want to run our club along proper business lines, making sure that our football matches that. That is the ethos that Russell wants.

As many of you have checked out, he is a former PE teacher. He is an intelligent man that has got a degree and then moved into football. When his career was cut short through injury he became actually the youngest Football League manager at the time. He has also of course enjoyed much success. He has had promotions, and perhaps fitting with Yeovil Town he has also had much cup glory in the last couple of years.

Many of you will remember that Scarborough versus Chelsea game and he still tells me that they had a cast iron penalty and that they should have had a draw against Chelsea when they lost 1-0. Last year some of you may remember that with Grimsby they beat Derby and then they beat Spurs in the Carling Cup and then lost to Newcastle. So he had that cup history last year. Of course he lost sadly for him in his last game for Grimsby and missed promotion to League One. But we are very pleased that in fact he is in League One now, as he is in League One with Yeovil. So he has got his chance next year to take his revenge upon John Ward!

The other thing we were looking for is that we wanted someone with honesty and integrity. I was at the League Two final and it was commented on by the commentators that if you remember, Russell kept his players out there after the defeat and took them out to clap Cheltenham and I thought that was a good gesture and perhaps something that you do not see too often in football these days. Respect when you lose and respect when you win. They are the ideals that he wants to follow through.

Most importantly, he wants to be at Yeovil Town. We moved swiftly on this, because he became a free agent on the 31st of May and we've moved very quickly after that to get him signed. What we didn't want was to have this process going on for too long. We are therefore very pleased that after a week we are able to introduce Russell to our friends in the press and our staff and all the others who live and work for Yeovil Town.

So this is a new start. Today is the beginning of a new era. I think we have got some changes happening both on and off the field. We have got an enhanced scouting structure that we are going to be announcing in the next week or so. We have got an enhanced coaching structure and I am pretty sure that everything will move forward.

So we welcome Russell, we welcome his wife Lisa and their children. They are going to be moving to this area as soon as possible which again is something that we feel very strongly about at Yeovil and so without further ado, I am going to ask Russell to say a few words. So Russell, welcome to Yeovil, and all the greatest success for you.

Russell Slade: Good morning everybody. Obviously Stephen touched on the fact that both John and Stephen moved very swiftly after my departure from Grimsby. Although there has been a lot of speculation about where I may go and where I may not go, we quickly struck up a three year deal with Yeovil and I am now here at Yeovil because I want to be here. Let me make that perfectly clear.

The club I feel is going through a transitional period, very much like Grimsby when I moved into Grimsby. As Stephen mentioned, there were only four professional players and it is a very similar situation here. Not as bad in many ways in that there are probably eight or nine that have signed contracts currently. We are looking to build a football club and to move forward.

Yeovil has had a reputation for being a very very well-run club and even from my days back at Scarborough, I was always very impressed whenever we played them. I thought it was a very well-run club, run by people that cared. We are looking forward to moving - Lisa, myself and the family - we are going to settle as soon as we possibly can. Since we've been here, which is only a short while for 24 hours or so, we've been made very welcome. There is a real openness which is nice, between the board and myself. That is something that I wish for. I don't want any hidden agendas. I hope that is an openness that can carry on with the press in the near future.

I have worked at all levels of a football club and so I hope that I have a good understanding in my career of working at the Youth Team level, Reserve Team level and First Team level. Hopefully with my experience I can move the club forward because obviously my goal and my ambition is to drive Yeovil up into the Championship. There are things we have got to do and obviously my positive nature and my eye for a player will hopefully enhance our chances in the near future. I feel that I am adaptable in terms of the way my teams can play. But they will always play with a passion. My teams always play with a desire and with energy. Hopefully I can bring that to Yeovil Town.

As Stephen has touched on, my teams have also raised their standard and raised their game in some of the bigger competitions such as the FA Cup. I think that is important, because it is important to bring a certain amount of football fortune into your football club.

Over the last few days we have worked extremely hard in terms of contacting various agents and various players to try and strengthen the club. Tomorrow morning we are hopeful that I may be able to announce my first major signing. There are two players that we are hoping to bring to the football club in the near future as we begin to rebuild for the new season. And of course there will be new signings along the way.

Finally I would like to say that obviously Steve Thompson will play a big part in our new management team. He will be my new No.2. I am delighted with that. I had a No. 2 in Graham Rodger that I inherited at Grimsby and we turned out not only to work very well professionally, we also became close friends and I am very delighted that he has managed to take the Grimsby Town job himself. Hopefully my relationship with Steve Thompson, who I am going to rely on heavily during the first few weeks for sure, is going to be a good one and a positive one.

Stephen also touched on the fact that we are restructuring our scouting network to make it stronger in every possible way. With that we have got John Milton on board, who has experience and is a very busy type of character. He is already doing a great job on behalf of the football club. So things are bright and I am sure that if we can get off to a good start this season then everything is going to be fine.

Qu: Was it a wrench to leave Grimsby?

RS: I think that when you leave clubs, inevitably as a football manager you will move clubs and sometimes it is a wrench. I think the biggest wrench is obviously looking for a house and moving down. But I quickly made up my mind that Yeovil was the club for me and that is the nature of my job and so I am really looking forward to the new challenge now.

Qu: What do you think it was about it that made up your mind?

RS: As we talked about earlier, I have always been impressed with the way that Yeovil Town has been run. I think it is a progressive football club. I feel that certainly it is in a transitional period right now and that is something that I am used to and feel strongly that I can take forward.

Qu: How familiar are you with the players that Yeovil Town have got here?

RS: Quite familiar because there are still one or two that remain from my time when we played each other in League Two and even in fact as far as when Scarborough played Yeovil in the Conference. So the likes of Terry Skiverton, the club captain, who I have just had 15 minutes with over a coffee, I had known about and obviously one or two other players like Terry who have been here for a good period of time. So yes, I know one or two.

Qu: There are one or two players who have signed recently like Behcet and Maher. Do you have any influence in them signing?

RS: Very little influence to be honest. These are two players that the club have been tracking for a good time. They are young players with potential that will hopefully establish a first team place in the near future. I think that it is important that players in that sort of age bracket of 18-21 are around the football club because they are important in terms of their progress and getting into the first team.

Qu: Have you actually had a chance to talk with Steve Thompson yet?

RS: No, he is on a course at the moment. It was a course that I wanted to go on myself! He is doing a course at Warwick and we will be having a conversation by the end of today on the telephone. Hopefully in the near future we will be meeting and obviously we will be looking at the game plan for pre-season.

Qu: Have you got any plans for bringing in new coaching staff?

RS: We are looking for a physio right now, so if you know of a good physio then please let us know! But other than that, that will be the team.

Qu: Did David Webb have any part in the appointment?

SA: No, this is a board appointment and David does not interfere with the board. He was our appointment.

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