FABIO OUT TO LIVE THE ORI­ENT WAY

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jamie Holt

LEY­TON Ori­ent’s sea­son has been one dis­ap­point­ment af­ter an­other, but manager Fabio Liverani in­sists he will still be at the club come Au­gust when the new cam­paign rolls around.

Af­ter reach­ing the play-off fi­nal 12 months ago, only los­ing on penal­ties to Rother­ham, big things were ex­pected from the O’s this term.

In­stead, they have been en­trenched in a rel­e­ga­tion battle but Liverani, who has two years re­main­ing on his con­tract, claims that hasn’t damp­ened his en­thu­si­asm for the chal­lenge.

“This Ley­ton Ori­ent project is one I be­lieve in,” said Liverani. “The pos­si­bil­ity I could plan a sea­son from the start the way I want, with the play­ers I want and the way I want to work, is great.

“MK Dons is an ex­am­ple of plan­ning be­cause the manager has been the same for many sea­sons.

“They didn’t win straight away and that is some­thing I would like to do with my team. I want to have the pos­si­bil­ity to start from the be­gin­ning and build things the way I want.”

Ital­ian busi­ness­man Francesco Bec­chetti bought Ori­ent from pre­vi­ous owner Barry Hearn last sum­mer.

With the club fresh of a Cham­pi­onship pro­mo­tion chal­lenge, his first sea­son in charge can only be viewed as a dis­ap­point­ment but Liverani doesn’t be­lieve his coun­try­man will walk away from the club.

“I be­lieve Ley­ton Ori­ent is a long-term project for the pres­i­dent Francesco Bec­chetti and it has only just started,” he added.

“It is not the case that just be­cause we have one bad sea­son the project dis­ap­pears. But he has put a lot of money into the club and should be more dis­ap­pointed than any­one else.

“He is fund­ing the club and re­ceiv­ing much less joy and much more dis­ap­point­ment than he prob­a­bly was ex­pect­ing this sea­son.”

PROJECT: Fabio Liverani

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