OR­LANDI SHOCKED BY BRIGHTON AXE

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Mar­ios Pa­paloizou

BRIGHTON’S clear-out af­ter the play-off semi-fi­nal to Derby de­feat be­gan with the man­ager, but few ex­pected An­drea Or­landi to be among those culled by the Seag­ulls – least of all the man him­self.

Boss Os­car Gar­cia of­fered his res­ig­na­tion af­ter the 6-2 ag­gre­gate de­feat.

But Or­landi was the shock name on a list of six play­ers told they were free to go by the club as they come to terms with a sec­ond suc­ces­sive sea­son of play-off heart­break.

Goal­keeper To­masz Kuszczak, David Lopez, David Ro­driguez, Peter Bre­zo­van and Will Hoskins were the oth­ers re­leased, but it is 29-year-old Or­landi who comes as the big­gest sur­prise.

The for­mer Barcelona play­maker, who ar­rived from Swansea two sea­sons ago, rushed back from a thigh in­jury to play in the fi­nal four games of the cam­paign,and he ad­mits it came out of the blue.

“It is hard for me to leave. I wasn’t ex­pect­ing that,” said Or­landi, who made just 18 ap­pear­ances this sea­son.

“It has been a de­ci­sion by the people at the club and you have to re­spect that.

“There is noth­ing I can do re­ally now and I will look for a new start.

“I can­not thank the fans enough. I am re­ally sorry this sea­son I haven’t been able to per­form as I did be­fore be­cause of in­juries.

“Last year was prob­a­bly the best foot­ball I’ve played. I’d al­ways like people to re­mem­ber me for that more than for my last game.

“I didn’t have any­thing lined up be­cause we thought Brighton wanted to take up the op­tion.

“I’d love to stay in Eng­land but I think there are some op­tions in Spain as well. I don’t close any doors and we will see what hap­pens over the next few weeks.”

There are un­likely to be re­place­ments brought in un­til a new man­ager is con­firmed, with Tim Sher­wood among the favourites to take over at the Amex Sta­dium.

Sher­wood, who was sacked by Tot­ten­ham a day af­ter Gar­cia’s exit was con­firmed, ap­pears to be an ideal can­di­date for Tony Bloom, al­though the Seag­ulls chair­man re­mained coy when asked di­rectly.

“I’m not go­ing to talk about any names at all at this stage, or at any stage un­til we have a man­ager to talk about,” Bloom said.

“I’m look­ing at all types of man­agers, some of which are English and some of which are for­eign, some of which have played in this coun­try and some of which haven’t, and some of which have man­aged in this coun­try.

“In an ideal world they will have played and man­aged in this coun­try, but if I think the right per­son is some­one who hasn’t then I’ll bring in that per­son.”

Brighton have of­fered new deals to Casper Anker­gren, Matt Up­son and Bruno and taken up the op­tions to ex­tend the stays of Kazenga LuaLua and Bren­nan Dick­en­son.

RE­LEASED: An­drea Or­landi has been let go by Brighton

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