Boss Russell’s message to Rudy

Russell Slade(left), former Scarborough FC manager, now manager of Leyton Orient, meets with new Boro boss Rudy Funk, talking football management over coffee in Bonnets.   picture by Andrew Higgins  112124b   25/05/11
Russell Slade(left), former Scarborough FC manager, now manager of Leyton Orient, meets with new Boro boss Rudy Funk, talking football management over coffee in Bonnets. picture by Andrew Higgins 112124b 25/05/11
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SCARBOROUGH Athletic boss Rudy Funk picked up a tip or two from one of the best when he met up with Russell Slade.

Slade, who guided Scarborough FC into the fourth round of the FA Cup back in 2004 as well as winning an impressive 50 of his 133 games with the club, returned to his former stamping ground for a chat with the manager of the new Boro.

Russell Slade(left), former Scarborough FC manager, now manager of Leyton Orient, meets with new Boro boss Rudy Funk, talking football management over coffee in Bonnets, with sports reporter Martin Dowey(right).   picture by Andrew Higgins  112124d   25/05/11

Russell Slade(left), former Scarborough FC manager, now manager of Leyton Orient, meets with new Boro boss Rudy Funk, talking football management over coffee in Bonnets, with sports reporter Martin Dowey(right). picture by Andrew Higgins 112124d 25/05/11

Russell said: “It was good to meet him, hopefully my experience with Scarborough FC will be able to help Rudy.

“My time at Scarborough was a real journey, there were ups and downs, but overall it was a fantastic time for me.

“The highlights were obviously the cup run and the game against Chelsea, there were disappointments as well though, like when the club went into administration when we were pushing on towards the Conference play-offs.

“I did have some terrific times and the joyous pitch invasions that the Scarborough fans used to really enjoy do live long in the memory.

“I have had a certain amount of success at every club I have been at, Scarborough was no different.

“At Scarborough we did have the fantastic support and I had a great affinity with the people, which help make my time there a bit special.

“It is still hard for me to drive past the McCain Stadium now, every time I do it just breaks my heart.”

Funk was over the moon with the chat, and he hopes that Slade’s wisdom will help boost Boro’s push for NCEL glory next season.

He said: “More than anything Russell has inspired me.

“There are a lot of people who want to get football in Scarborough back to where Russell has been, this has to be our aim.

“Hopefully some of the pointers that he gave will give us that further boost we need when the season starts.

“Russell has been there and done it, so for him to answer the questions I needed answering was invaluable for me.”