Slade eyes up promotion push

07 October 2014 07:28:51 EST

New Cardiff City manager Russell Slade has his sights set on a play-off challenge this season, despite the Bluebirds' slow start to the campaign.

Slade takes charge in South Wales on a two-year contract, with City currently down in 15th place in the Championship table after winning just three of their opening 11 games.

We've left ourselves a little bit of a battle with the position we're in, but there are still 35 games to go.

Russell Slade

However, Slade is aiming high, with Cardiff hoping to make an immediate return to the Premier League.

He said after his appointment as the successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was confirmed: "The target is to get as high up the league as we possibly can and to get into that top six if at all possible.

"We've left ourselves a little bit of a battle with the position we're in, but there are still 35 games to go, so that gives us a realistic opportunity to be in the shake-up."

Slade left League One Leyton Orient to take charge of the Bluebirds, having previously enjoyed spells in charge of Brighton & Hove Albion, Yeovil Town, Grimsby Town and Scarborough.

His first game as City boss comes on Saturday 18th October, when high-flying Nottingham Forest are the visitors to the Cardiff City Stadium for a lunchtime kick-off.

The Bluebirds can be backed at 1000/1 to gain promotion this season, with Forest 1000/1 and current league leaders Norwich City 4/5.

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