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Slade commits to Leyton Orient but admits frustration

Russell Slade
Slade took over at Orient with the side one point outside the relegation zone

Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade has committed his future to the O's after being refused permission to talk to a Championship side.

The 50-year-old admitted he was left frustrated after the approach was turned down by chairman Barry Hearn.

Slade told the club website: "I can confirm I was not given permission to speak to them and this brings with it an element of frustration.

"I remain fully committed to my job at Leyton Orient."

Barnsley approached Slade last week about the vacant manager's position at Oakwell, and the O's boss admitted he would have considered the chance to work at the Yorkshire club.

We all understand Russell's ambition and indeed we want all our contracted players and management to be ambitious to perform at a higher level

Chairman Barry Hearn

"I firmly believe that any ambitious football manager, player or non-football related employee anywhere in the country would have liked the chance to consider the opportunity to instantly work at a higher level," he said.

"The last manager at Orient to have been given that opportunity was Jimmy Bloomfield in 1971, so that highlights how infrequently these opportunities come along.

"That being said, I am a professional and pride myself in having never walked out on a football club."

The former Yeovil boss, who arrived at Brisbane Road in April 2010, added: "I am looking forward to working with the team to achieve another successful season."

Orient finished the League One season one point off a play-off position in seventh place, and Hearn said the club were eager to build on the success next term.

"We all understand Russell's ambition and indeed we want all our contracted players and management to be ambitious to perform at a higher level," said the O's chairman.

"The board, staff and fans share that ambition for a brighter future in a difficult environment and will continue to support Leyton Orient in its efforts to achieve future success."



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see also
Orient reject Tykes bid for Slade
25 May 11 |  Barnsley
Robins resigns as Barnsley boss
15 May 11 |  Barnsley
Leyton Orient name Slade as boss
05 Apr 10 |  Leyton Orient
Slade sacked as Brighton manager
01 Nov 09 |  Brighton
Manager Slade leaves Grimsby post
31 May 06 |  Grimsby


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