Orient only ‘focused’ on rest of the season

Leyton Orient president Francesco Becchetti watches on at Barnet (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient president Francesco Becchetti watches on at Barnet (pic: Simon O'Connor). - Credit: Archant

Italian president was again involved in selecting the team that started against Plymouth Argyle

Leyton Orient caretaker Andy Hessenthaler admits there is no plan for next season right now, the focus is just on their final three League Two games.

The O’s were beaten 3-1 by Plymouth Argyle at Brisbane Road this evening despite Lloyd James scoring a second half penalty to give them some hope.

AFC Wimbledon’s win at Dagenham & Redbridge means they are seventh and five points ahead of the east Londoners in the table.

Hessenthaler and his team travel to south London this weekend and defeat would mean they are guaranteed another season in League Two.


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And the former Gillingham manager admitted they can’t think about the 2016/17 campaign right now, he said: “There is no planning for next season at the moment, we can’t look beyond the next three games.

“We need to deal with them and then I’m sure they’ll be a conversation at the end of that with the owner about who he will bring in as manager.

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“I don’t know if Kevin Nolan will carry on, it could happen I really don’t know. All I’ve been asked to do, along with Andy Edwards, is take training and prepare the team. After that we’ll see what happens.”

President Francesco Becchetti was again involved in the team selection for the match with Plymouth this evening. Orient were unchanged from the weekend win over Dagenham & Redbridge.

They started brightly, but again failed to defend well enough from set pieces. Hessenthaler added: “We had a meeting with the staff and the owner and that was what we came up with - the starting team that started against Dagenham.

“It is pretty much a committee. We sit down, look at it and go from there. We all have the deciding vote. It is the coaching staff and the chairman likes to sit down and listen to what we’ve got to say. That is where we are at.”

When asked whether it was something he had experienced previously in football, the O’s caretaker conceded it wasn’t.

Although he has known previous chairman to take an interest in team selection, he hasn’t been involved in a scenario where the owner is helping pick the starting side.

“I haven’t known a situation like it in my lifetime in football. The owner likes to have an input and a chat. Most chairman’s do,” added Hessenthaler.

“I’ve worked at Gillingham for a long time and they all have opinions and rightly so, but it does come down to the manager. That was certainly the case when Ian Hendon was here and when Kevin was doing it.

“But he’s asked us to basically take training and have an input into the starting team and that’s what we’ve done. We can only do the job he has asked us to do until the end of the season.”

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