The Opposition View: Leyton Orient

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 06 October 2016

What do you make of Orient's season so far?

We started slowly and picked up a few wins whilst not really playing too well in the process. There were signs that the manager Andy Hessenthaler probably wasn't motivated enough for the job, this appeared to be rubbing off onto the players, affecting their performances.

Do you think Andy Hessenthaler deserved the sack and what do you think of replacement Alberto Cavasin?

Yes.

I have sympathy for him, but he should never have taken the job when it was offered to him, he publicly criticised the football clubs owners at the end of last season, but then took the job full time a month later. Some of our performances this season, particularly at home have lacked alot of effort and desire, which is the minimum requirement within a team.

Regarding Alberto Cavasin, his appointment was met with widespread disappointment. Another new manager who despite having experience within the game, doesn't have any within England, he cannot speak English and he hasn't worked as a manager for five years.

Most of the fanbase expect us to be relegated, as the last time we had a manager who couldn't speak English we were relegated from League One and communication was a huge problem.

Dean Cox left Orient and was linked to Pompey before moving to Crawley. Would he have been a good addition to the Portsmouth squad?

He'd have been a useful addition for any club in Leagues One or Two. He was apparently released to help lower our wage bill according to Chinese whispers amongst the fans. It still pains us all that he has left.

How's Nigel Atangana getting on at your club these days?

Nigel has done well for us, a very good holding midfielder for League Two. He's been one of our best players this season when he has played, he might injured Saturday though.

What are the strengths and weaknesses of your squad and who are the key players?

Strengths: The pace and guile of Jay Simpson, despite being goaless this season due to injury and behind the scenes politics, he is still a major threat going forward. Gavin Massey on our right midfield is also very useful going forward, as well as doing alot of tracking back into his own half.

Weaknesses: Not strong enough in defence, we've not fielded the same back five consistently enough all season and there appears to be a communication issue within the team, when defending is concerned.

We also have too many similar types of striker, Bowery, Palmer and McCallum could all be classified as target men one way or another, so our play can be predictable.

Given Pompey's poor away form and the fact that Orient are our bogey team and have a new manager in charge, you must be confident of winning on Saturday?

I'll be happy if we don't lose. We've been appalling in all but one home game for one reason or another this season, the crowd and players struggle for motivation due to the incompetence of the Italian owners.

Predict the outcome of the game.

We'll lose 5-0.

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