It’s been all change at Stevenage, again, as they parted ways with manager Graham Westley on after a string of poor results.
Alex Revell took over as boss yesterday, with head coach Mark Sampson remaining at the club in his role as first-team coach. This comes as they sit seven points behind 23rd-placed Macclesfield in League Two. Today, they’ve also announced the arrival of former Grimsby boss Russell Slade as a ‘managerial consultant’.
Slade has managed over 800 games in the Football League, notably with Grimsby Town twice, Coventry City, Cardiff City and Leyton Orient. He’s also signed Revell as a player twice, during his spells with Orient and Cardiff.
“I have always respected Russ and it will be a great boost to be able to use his experience around the training ground and on matchdays,” Revell claimed.
He may well have respect for Slade, but his appointment has certainly piqued the interest of a number of supporters from other clubs, not least Grimsby Town. Despite being popular in his first spell with the club, he made a belligerent return after their promotion from the National League in 2015/16, almost taking them back down.
They’re certainly going to be watching on with interest, as you’ll see below.
that experience of taking teams to the brink will be invaluable
— Rich Mills (@richymills) February 17, 2020
That’s like calling in the Grim Reaper hours before death…#RIPStevenage
— Simon Jenkinson (@SimonJenkinso10) February 17, 2020
— Harry Fenwick (@harryfenwick123) February 17, 2020
Clubs will not learn, will they? First Westley, now Slade. And they say dinosaurs are extinct!! Ask fans of Charlton, Coventry, Grimsby and Hereford what Slade has to offer these days.
— Colin Peppiatt (@ColinPep1) February 17, 2020
Sorry but that’s Stevenage relegated 😂
— Rory Davies (@RoryDavies91) February 17, 2020
To the national league
You’re on your way!
— Jordan Richards (@JWRichardsGTFC) February 17, 2020
Had to check this wasbt a parody account. Deepest sympathies from Cardiff
— Shuffs (@shuffs1927) February 17, 2020
Genuinely feel sorry for your fans. He was linked to the Carlisle job and our fans kicked so much they had to publicly rule him out.
Thank god for his son tweeting or we’d’ve been lumbered with him.
— Ross Parkinson (@parkinsonross) February 17, 2020
Why employ this man ? Dinosaur f'ball from the dark ages-totally & utterly clueless. What u think @cragsywoods – I like Stevenage but u have just confirmed ur relegation I'm afraid
— Rog (@rogerthedodge2) February 17, 2020