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Slade targets top six next season

Russell Slade
Slade led Brighton to six wins and six defeats in his 14 games in charge

Brighton boss Russell Slade says he cannot wait to "get things moving on the pitch" after agreeing a two-year deal to become their permanent manager.

The 48-year-old arrived in March with Brighton inside the League One relegation places, but saw the team secure their safety on the final day.

Slade told BBC Sussex: "Our target will be to progress and break into that top six. We have to rebuild, somewhat.

"I will be in Brighton next week to finalise the retained list."

Brighton chairman Dick Knight told the club website: "Russell has done a fantastic job, pulling off a great escape, and I know the fans will agree he has earned his new contract.

"He deserves this opportunity to lead us forward."

Slade replaced Micky Adams at the Seagulls, following his departure from League One rivals Yeovil.

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