Leyton Orient boss Danny Webb hails squad after classy display at Newport County
PUBLISHED: 18:07 04 March 2017
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The 33-year-old reveals his desire to remain manager of the League Two club for a long time
Leyton Orient manager Danny Webb was delighted with the performance of his young team after seeing them beat fellow League Two relegation rivals Newport County 4-0.
18-year-old Josh Koroma netted a hat-trick after Steven Alzate opened the scoring with just eight minutes played at Rodney Parade.
The O’s had several teenagers on the pitch in South Wales and they all delivered as did the senior members of the squad.
“It is good to have a young group if we have three or four experienced players in there to keep them grounded and I can’t speak highly enough of the senior professionals, but I know these young players inside out,” said Webb.
“I’ve worked with them for years over at the Score Centre three times a week, so they all know how I want to play, what I demand and what I ask.
“The senior professionals are starting to see how I work now and they will tell you what I’m like in the dressing room after. I’m the exact same as I was at Stevenage, so they know all I’m after is a performance.
“I just want to make sure the players give effort, so the fans have no room for complaints and so they can’t say the lads are trying.
“But regardless of the score they saw the effort at Newport and they were lucky because we showed class on the ball as well.”
It was a sensational performance by Orient and all the more impressive after the O’s were handed a petition to wind the club up this week.
Webb discussed the situation and then reiterated his desire to remain manager of the Brisbane Road club for a long time.
He added: “The winding-up petition is one of many things that has come my way since taking the job. There have been a few things and I’m telling myself hopefully this will make me a better manager in the future.
“But listen I would love to be manager of this football club for years and years and see Josh Koroma and the others playing at 24.
“If that was the case I think we would be turning down bids of two or three million for them, so that’s the dream.
“Whether it happens or not? Who knows, but it has been one hit after another, but I can’t show any signs that it is getting to me and when I see the fans turn up like they did today it makes it all worthwhile.”
The Orient boss went on to reveal the players and staff have all be paid as usual this month, but meetings have taken place regarding the winding-up petition.
Webb hopes the squad can continue to remain focused with 11 games remaining this season, he added: “There have been no problems with payments to staff. Not as far as I am aware.
“The players had a meeting amongst themselves and discussed things and I’ve been involved with it. Everybody is going to think the worst and rightly so because when these things come up they are not nice to hear.
“I said to the players until things are clarified and sorted then playing out on the pitch is your release. The fans pay hard money to come watch us and the players are giving something back and they have since I’ve been manager.”