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Andy Edwards and Danny Webb head back to Southend United with Leyton Orient tonight in EFL Trophy

PUBLISHED: 13:30 04 October 2016 | UPDATED: 08:08 05 October 2016

Leyton Orient's Andy Edwards looks on from the touchline at Greenwich Borough in pre-season with Danny Webb issuing instructions (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient's Andy Edwards looks on from the touchline at Greenwich Borough in pre-season with Danny Webb issuing instructions (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Coaching duo at Brisbane Road both played for Blues previously and have big affiliation with Roots Hall club

Andy Edwards is looking forward to going back to his old stomping ground Southend United this evening with Leyton Orient.

The two local rivals do battle in Southern Group G of the English Football League Trophy at Roots Hall.

It will be Alberto Cavasin’s first match in charge of the O’s, but also a special occasion for Edwards and first-team coach Danny Webb.

The pair have a big affiliation with the Blues from their playing days while Webb’s Dad, David, was manager at Roots Hall several times throughout his career.

“Me and Danny have strong connections at Southend so we’re looking forward to it,” said Edwards after Saturday’s goalless draw at Barnet.

“I would think we’ll make changes for the EFL Trophy and we have to start with five players from Saturday.

“We will adhere to the rules and other players will get an opportunity at Southend that’s for sure.”

Orient’s new manager Cavasin spoke about his appointment for the first time on Monday night to the official club website.

The 60-year-old expressed his excitement about the future and insisted the O’s supporters have a big role to play.

“I am excited for the first game and the opening one is always a special occasion,” said Cavasin.

“The fans are very important and I am aware of the huge number of fans the club takes to its away games, which was seen on Saturday at Barnet.

“It is important we repay that support with success on the pitch, and with the fans backing hopefully we can achieve our targets. I guarantee the team will play with passion and give everything out on the pitch.”

And the ex-Sampdoria manager also revealed he has been studying the O’s squad and life in League Two for a while.

Orient are currently 17th in the table with 11 games played this season and only three wins to their name, although the first focus of the new boss is the EFL Trophy.

Cavasin added: “I have spent a lot of time studying our team and I have also had some time to look at the quality of this league, which is a very physical one.

“My first day in charge was very good and I felt welcomed by the staff and players from the beginning. The session went well and the group is very positive. At the moment we are missing some good results, but we can certainly improve on that.

“I have had a career in Italy as both a player and a manager, but now I am starting a new adventure here in England. It is an exciting new experience and I am very motivated to succeed.”


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