MOTIVATOR RUSS TALKS A GOOD GAME
CARDIFF were nowhere near the play-offs last season. In fact, they spent most of the campaign looking like May couldn’t come soon enough.
So it’s great to see them bubbling under Russell Slade. As I said in these pages last season, Russ is a great man-manager whose biggest strength is talking to players.
You don’t go through his drills thinking ‘Wow, this guy must have an A-Licence’. He isn’t particularly innovative.
But he keeps things simple, gives you belief and, in the lower leagues where money is a bit scarcer, that’s invaluable.
I remember working with Craig Davies at Brighton. He couldn’t hit a barn door. But he moved to Chester- field, Paul Cook got the best out of him and he scored 20-odd goals. All of a sudden, he was getting Wales call-ups and moves to Bolton. If you’d told me that when he was at Brighton, I’d have said ‘Never in a million years’.
That was all about confidence. At this level, managers need to be motivators as much as coaches and there aren’t many better than Russell.