Slade?

Russell Slade today claimed he DID have talks about the possibility of becoming Carlisle United manager last year.

The former Leyton Orient and Cardiff boss made the claim on TalkSport today.

On Jim White's show, Slade said he had “initial” discussions about the prospect of taking charge at United.

His comments come despite Carlisle last summer having denied that they had had any contact with Slade, or that he had been part of their manager appointment process, following Keith Curle's departure.

On TalkSport this afternoon, the 58-year-old ex-Grimsby boss fielded a question put to the show by Carlisle fan Matthew Grainger.

He asked how close Slade had come to getting the United job last year.

Slade said: “There was some initial talks, [but] that’s all, really.”

Slade was not pushed to elaborate on that remark.

Last June, in the period before United appointed John Sheridan as Curle's successor, chief executive Nigel Clibbens used a directors’ press conference to deny Slade had been in their sights.

The director commented hours after a tweet was posted by Slade’s son Tom, which appeared to suggest his father was set to get the Carlisle job.

The tweet, which caused strong debate among Blues supporters, was quickly deleted.

Asked by reporters about Slade the following day, Clibbens said: “The club has had no contact with that person, he's not been discussed by the board or as part of that process.

"Obviously nobody has agreed anything and the process carries on. As far as we're concerned we know nothing about it."

Invited to respond to Slade’s remarks today, United referred back to Clibbens’ comments last June and said that remained their position.