Simply Orient - 2013/2014… Stick Or Twist?
In his first blog exclusively for OrientVital, Charlie Long studies Orient's movements ahead of the upcoming 2013/14 Campaign.
With each summer bringing in major upheaval across the country and a manager merry-go round, clubs that retain their manager are left to look back on the previous season and come up with ideas of how to improve and possibly go one better. Expectations are made clear, and then it is down to the manager to decide whether to stick with what they have got or go for something different and start a fresh.
What has happened so far?
For Orient this summer, it appears as though the plan is to add to the squad that the club already have, rather than bring in a completely new team. After the dismal start to last season, fans would have laughed if someone suggested that we would finish in 7th place; when we did, we were left to dwell on disappointing results such as Hartlepool away as we just fell short of the play-offs.
So far fans can be happy with what has happened within the club. Russell Slade and his management team of Kevin Nugent and Kevin Dearden have committed themselves to new contracts as well as Scott Cuthbert, Elliot Omozuzi and most recently Romain Vincelot, having put pen to paper on a new 3 year deal.
Russell Slade has spoken several times about wanting to keep the spine of the team together and is close to succeeding in doing so with the club only waiting on David Mooney`s decision regarding the contract offered to him at the end of April.
Transfer announcements may be few and far between at this stage of the summer. Orient will have to think carefully about what financial packages they put together for each transfer target, as the club will only be able to use 60% of the clubs turnover on players wages instead of 65% like last season.
So far Orient have only confirmed the signing of young goalkeeper Jake Larkins from West Ham and the Samsung Win A Pro Contract winner, midfielder Jack Sherratt.
Based on the amount of options Orient currently have up front, another striker is expected to be high on the list of transfer targets and it is rumoured that the club are looking to offload fringe players Anthony Griffith and Michael Symes, after both players were loaned out towards the end of last season due to chances being limited.