Leyton Orient boss Danny Webb positive about long-term future despite current struggles in League Two
PUBLISHED: 18:41 11 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:39 13 March 2017
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The O’s suffered a 3-0 defeat to mid-table Grimsby Town this afternoon to remain firmly in the relegation zone
Danny Webb has not given up hope that Leyton Orient will be in League Two next season, but believes whatever division they are in, the future can be bright at Brisbane Road.
The O’s suffered more home woe this afternoon with Grimsby Town the latest side to visit east London and claim all three points.
Orient didn’t deserve to lose by three goals with the youngsters putting in plenty of effort, but just lacking the required quality at both ends of the pitch.
Webb said: “This has been my age group really. I moved up through the ranks in the academy, so I know the boys inside out and of course you want to set a team up to win and to get something out of the game when you are in a relegation fight.
“But at the same time, if I can see five-minute glimpses here and there of Steven Alzate and Josh Koroma, knowing they have been thrown into the lions den, then hopefully this time next year – maybe in League Two or in the National League – we should have a hell of a team.
“Sometimes you have to take a step back to go two forward and that is not a case of us giving up. It is just thinking for the first time in a long while that people can look at our players and say they are their own. Today might be a bit bleak in terms of where we are, but tomorrow could be very bright.”
The O’s are six points from safety in League Two after Notts County beat Hartlepool United at Meadow Lane.
It looks a tall order for Orient to get out of the relegation zone with 10 league games left this season.
A positive result on Tuesday at Accrington Stanley will help and Webb will hope his O’s are brilliantly supported again.
Just under 400 Orient fans made the trip to Newport County last weekend and they turned out in force today.
Webb praised the support currently being shown to the players and insisted the squad won’t throw in the towel yet.
He added: “I haven’t given up. Even when we got level with Notts County after the win at Plymouth Argyle I was realistic.
“I knew we were still probably favourites to go down because unfortunately with Orient you take a step forward and then four or five back in terms of the whole thing, but it is not a case of giving up.
“I took the job knowing that my philosophy was to be one of the first people to think forward and plan at this club. I was never going to go willy-nilly with players and wages, albeit I haven’t been able to bring anybody in, but the way this club has been going. I was trying to set us on a different course.
“Regardless of what the supporters think about the club, the vibe towards the team has been extremely supportive, so that’s credit to the players for giving those fans something back because this is going to be a very big week in our history and we won’t know what is going to happen for a while.”