Orient skipper Clarke: Free week will do us the world of good
08:00 17 December 2014
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Captain eager to get settled in with new manager Fabio Liverani.
Leyton Orient skipper Nathan Clarke believes a free week in the build-up to Saturday’s trip to Barnsley is just what everyone needs as new boss Fabio Liverani settles into life at Brisbane Road.
Liverani started his reign as O’s boss with a 2-1 home loss to Peterborough United as they slipped into the League One relegation zone.
But the 31-year-old feels a whole week on the training pitch for both the players and manager will do Orient the world of good as they get used to their fourth manager inside five months.
“It’s another week on the training pitch with him and hopefully he can implement what he wants with the players,” said Clarke.
“Hopefully we can take it on board and keep improving. He’s definitely behind us and backs the squad wholeheartedly.
“He is working hard on the training pitch with us and trying to implement his thoughts.
“His experience of playing has been right up there with the very top so you can only do well and listen to him.”
The language barrier is an initial hurdle for Liverani to overcome, with the Italian currently able to speak very little English.
But Clarke still feels the former Lazio and Palermo midfielder, who has three caps for his country, is able to get his message across.
“Everyone has been chipping in with their views, but ultimately it’s one focus from the manager and he manages to get his point across,” he added.
“He’s played a lot of games and football rarely changes. If you can’t explain talking wise he will definitely show us and make sure we all understand.
“Mauro (sporting director Mauro Milanese) is out there and a couple of the backroom staff speak English as well.
“It’s obviously difficult and it’s not the easiest of things but we have all played a lot of games and understand what he is trying to do.”