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Milanese enjoying managerial challenge at Leyton Orient

19:31 07 November 2014

O's boss Mauro Milanese (pic: Simon O'Connor)

O's boss Mauro Milanese (pic: Simon O'Connor)

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It is still early days for Mauro Milanese as Leyton Orient manager but he is relishing the challenge.

Milanese took over the helm from interim boss Kevin Nugent after their 3-0 defeat at Port Vale, and it’s certainly more of a hands-on role than he expected when the Italian was first brought in by owner Francesco Becchetti as sporting director.

But Milanese is certainly enjoying his first test in management and is trying to pass on as much experience as possible from his 19-year playing career.

“I am enjoying it. I enjoy football in every situation,” said Milanese. “I am trying to transfer my experience as a football player to some of the lads. I try to use some of the techniques s managers used with me when I was a football player.”

Milanese has had his first full week on the training ground with his squad, and definitely feels that has been beneficial as the O’s head to Oldham Athletic tomorrow in the first round of the FA Cup

“I think it’s much better with a lot more time to spend with the lads and improve,” he added

“This week we have had time to try something different and I am happy for this and the lads are taking it all on board. I think we are making progress.

“We will try to do the best we can in the situation and I need to thank the lads because they are backing me 100 per cent and they are also enjoying what they are doing.

“I think we will get better and better the more games we play together and we will then reap the benefits.”

The FA Cup is steeped in tradition in this country, but what it is like for an Italian manager? And had he heard of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy? The competition O’s host Northampton Town in on Tuesday in the area quarter-final.

“The Queen shakes their hand so everyone wants to win this one, though obvious Leyton Orient aren’t the favourites,” said Milanese

“We will try to do our best and on Tuesday we have another cup in the JPT area quarter-final is important as well.

“I respect the FA Cup because of what I saw when I was in Italy. I didn’t know about the JPT.”

They return to the scene where they picked up their first league win of the season to face the Latics in the first round of the FA Cup and Milanese hopes to be celebrating his first win come Saturday night, though is wary of the in-form hosts.

“Oldham are playing very well at the moment,” he remarked. “They are ninth in the league but we will try to do our best and it’s important the players know what they have to do and capitalise on their weak points.”

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