Liverani unsure what will happen in the summer
PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 May 2015 | UPDATED: 15:00 05 May 2015
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O’s boss discusses players out of contract and his responsibility following relegation
Leyton Orient manager Fabio Liverani admits he doesn’t know what will happen to the players out of contract at Brisbane Road this summer.
12 players could be free to leave E10 for pastures new if they wish, excluding the four loan players who will be returning to their parent clubs, following O’s relegation to League Two.
That will leave Liverani with a big rebuilding job in the summer if he can’t convince the likes of Chris Dagnall, David Mooney, Josh Wright, Marvin Bartley, Scott Cuthbert as well as others to renew terms for next season.
Darius Henderson and Jay Simpson are amongst those who have at least a year remaining on their current deals, but whether they would be willing to play in League Two next year is unknown.
Therefore an interesting summer lies ahead for Orient and Liverani, if he stays on as manager after talks with President Francesco Becchetti.
He said: “I don’t know what will happen to the players out of contract in the summer. This is something that has to be discussed with the chairman first about who is staying and who isn’t.
“Now we have to drown ourselves in our sorrows or however you say it in English and this week I will meet with the chairman and the situation will be clearer for the future.”
When Liverani will meet Becchetti isn’t known, but the O’s supporters want him out judging by their reaction at the weekend
The Italian manager was quizzed following Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Swindon Town why the players had underachieved so heavily following optimism last summer.
Orient came so close to earning promotion to the Championship in the 2013/14 campaign so another title challenge was expected this year, but instead they finished 23rd and were relegated.
Liverani added: “Of course the objective initially was to avoid relegation but it didn’t go that way.
“When you get relegated everyone at the club is responsible for what happened. Of course, me as the manager, I’m the most responsible of everyone so I take my responsibility and it is a very sad day for me.
“But with regard to being one of the highest paid teams in the league, I would say all the players were brought in before my arrival.
“This is one responsibility I can not take because the fact is that this squad has been built by other people before me.”