Slade predicts an overhaul of Orient squad
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LEYTON ORIENT boss Russell Slade believes he will have a busy summer with players coming and going from the East London side.
Goals either side of the half from Orient’s Jimmy Smith and Oldham’s Kirk Millar resulted in Slade’s side finishing three points outside the Play-Offs.
Slade insists he won’t panic buy and will look to bring in up to four players.
“It’s going to be a busy summer,” said Slade.
“It’s a process; we’ve been negotiating with other clubs. It’s going to be hard for all clubs.
“We’ll see our budget cut, as will other clubs, you can’t sign everyone you want to sign and you can’t get the squad as large as you want it to be.
“But we have a nucleus here, certainly defensively.
“We’d like to bring two, three or four players in, but it’s going to be an interesting and intriguing summer.
“There’ll be a lot of players out of work up and down the country. We won’t dive in with both feet, we’ll look to attract the best players to the football club.”
The home side had the lead ten minutes in after Moses Odubajo’s pass was brilliantly dummied by Charlie MacDonald, allowing Smith to neatly tuck the ball in.
After long periods of inactivity, the away side pulled back a goal just after half-time.
A cross from Cristian Montano rolled across to Millar who cush- ioned the ball from six-yards for his first senior Oldham goal.
With less than ten minutes to go Dean Cox should’ve grabbed the winner, but his effort rifled against the post.
Oldham substitute Robbie Simpson thought he snatched a late long-range winner, but Jamie Jones tipped it over the crossbar.
Latics boss Lee Johnson believes his young can go on and make a big impact in the Football League.
“The team building starts now,” said Johnson.
“We’ll have a couple of days to let the dust settle but of course there’s stuff going on in the background.
“But at the same time there’s a lot to be positive about. There’s a lot of good young players coming through who can compete at this level and add quality.
“When you look at the inexperience in the side. I asked for a reaction from Tuesday and I cer- tainly got it. I enjoyed watching our team. Of course there was times when it wasn’t great, but you have to expect that from inexperienced players. I gave them a big pat on the back.”