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EXCLUSIVE: New signing Kevin Foley backs Russell Slade to be a success at Coventry City

Steve Carpenter 6th Jan, 2017 Updated: 6th Jan, 2017

FOOTBALL: NEW SIGNING Kevin Foley has spoken highly of Sky Blues manager Russell Slade after reuniting with his former boss on a short term deal until the end of the season.

The 32-year-old was managed by Slade in the first half of the season at Charlton and after being released by the Addicks on Thursday, the City boss was quick to bring the experienced full back to the Ricoh Arena.

Foley, who has enjoyed spells at Wolves, Danish side FC Copenhagen, Championship outfit Ipswich Town and more recently Charlton, admits he jumped at the chance to work with Slade  again and admits he is impressed with the job he is carrying out so far.

“I enjoyed working with Russell, said Foley. “I thought he had things going quite well at Charlton but he didn’t have the required time in my opinion, but that’s football.

“You move on to the next thing, he seems to have done that and the lads seem to have been really unlucky the last few games conceding late goals, but the early signs are good.

“Russell is a manager you can talk to, he is a good person first of all and is very level-headed. He doesn’t get too carried away from the short time that I’ve known him and is just a pleasure to play for.”

Foley has Premiership experience with Wolves and has made eight appearances for the Republic of Ireland between 2009 and 2012.

The experienced defender will remain at the Ricoh Arena until the end of the season but there is an option to extend that beyond the current campaign.

“Obviously my contract was coming to an end at Charlton and I spoke to Russell because he knew my situation at the club from when he initially signed me. I’m hoping it will be a great move for me.

“I’m very pleased to have signed. I signed an initial six month with Charlton, but the new manager came in and he has got new ideas and I was delighted to have the option to come here, it is an absolutely fantastic club not far from my home so it fit well.

“I had many years at Wolves and still live in the Midlands so it’s great to be back playing football here.”

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