New O’s boss Liverani calls for patience
14:45 09 December 2014
Leyton Orient’s new Italian boss wants time to assess squad.
Leyton Orient are on to their fourth manager in five months but new boss Fabio Liverani is calling for patience as he gets down to work at Brisbane Road.
The 38-year-old signed a two-and-a-half year deal to become the O’s manager on Monday, with Mauro Milanese reverting back to his previous position of sporting director following last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Gillingham in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area semi-final.
And the new boss believes he needs a month to assess the current Orient squad.
“I would like one month to watch the team to see what they need,” Liverani told the official club website.
“Before I can be judged I need to work with the team.
“The team was very close to the Championship last season. That means there is quality in the team.
“It is difficult if you don’t come in at the start of the season to chose the players and the system you like.
“I need to make simple decisions to see the quality of the players and play the right system that is useful for the team at the moment.
“For this season we will just try to be the best with the players and system we have.”
The former Lazio, Fiorentina and Palermo midfielder’s previous managerial experience consists of a seven-game spell in charge of Genoa, where he picked up just one win.
Liverani has brought two of the coaches he worked alongside at Genoa with him in the shape of Marcello Donatelli and Maurizio Cantarelli as assistant manager and goalkeeping coach respectively.
The future of head coach Kevin Nugent at Brisbane Road remains unclear, but the new coaches may not be the last, with Italian international Liverani keen to have a large number of backroom staff.
“I believe it is important for the gaffer to have a big number of staff in order to create results,” added Liverani.
“I wanted to bring with me the staff I had in Italy before to create a mixed group and to help us achieve the maximum that we can.”
It certainly will be a new challenge for the Italian, having spent the bulk of his playing career in his homeland, but it is a challenge he’s relishing.
“I am very excited to be here,” he said.
“It is a long-term and serious project for me with the possibility to grow the club over the two and a half years.
“I am confident we can achieve the results that we need. I don’t know League One very well, but of course I liked to watch English football on TV in Italy.
“I think it should be important to see if we can add something from Italian football or if it would just be better to follow the English style of football, because every country has got a style.”