Liverani insists he will stay even if Orient are relegated

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 April 2015

Orient boss Fabio Liverani holds his hands up in the air following the 6-1 defeat to MK Dons (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Orient boss Fabio Liverani holds his hands up in the air following the 6-1 defeat to MK Dons (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Italian boss wants to remain at Brisbane Road even if the club are playing League Two football

Rochdale score their winning goal against Leyton Orient (pic: Simon O'Connor)Rochdale score their winning goal against Leyton Orient (pic: Simon O'Connor)

Fabio Liverani has confirmed he will remain in charge of Leyton Orient next season even if they suffer relegation, but still harbours hope they can survive.

The Italian was speaking before O’s lost 1-0 to Rochdale at Spotland on Tuesday, but after they fell back into the relegation zone following a shocking 6-1 defeat at MK Dons on Saturday.

Rob Hall hit a hat-trick, whilst Dean Bowditch, Will Grigg and Dele Alli were also on target for Karl Robinson’s team against Liverani’s side at Stadium mk.

But no matter what happens to the Brisbane Road club this year, the Italian wants to remain as O’s manager for next season.

Orient's Mathieu Baudry & Shane Lowry after the full time whistle at MK Dons (pic: Simon O'Connor).Orient's Mathieu Baudry & Shane Lowry after the full time whistle at MK Dons (pic: Simon O'Connor).

“I would stay at the club even if we were relegated,” Liverani said via a translator on Saturday.

“The possibility I could plan a season from the start the way I want, with the players I want and the way I want to work is great.

“This Leyton Orient project is one I believe in, regardless of whether we are in League One or League Two next season.

“I take responsibility for the result against MK Dons, but I believe we can avoid relegation, the players do and this is why we have to be optimistic.”

Leyton Orient players look downcast after Rochdale's winner (pic: Simon O'Connor)Leyton Orient players look downcast after Rochdale's winner (pic: Simon O'Connor)

For Orient to stay in the division they surely need to pick up three points against Sheffield United this weekend.

O’s welcome Nigel Clough’s team to Brisbane Road hoping they do not fall to the same fate they did against the Dons.

Liverani insisted he wasn’t embarrassed with the display last weekend, but acknowledged his side were well below par.

“I think MK Dons played an excellent game, but I think we were too bad to be true,” added Liverani. “When I say that I refer to the performance against MK Dons. It is not a general statement about the club.

Leyton Orient fans show their dismay at Rochdale (pic: Simon O'Connor)Leyton Orient fans show their dismay at Rochdale (pic: Simon O'Connor)

“I am not embarrassed by the performance, definitely not. Of course I am disappointed, but we have to pick out the positives.

“We were facing a team that plays very good football and we had a very bad game.”

Liverani hopes O’s can follow the example of MK Dons and he believes the Stadium mk club are the perfect example of why teams should stick by managers.

Robinson has been in charge of Dons since the 2010/11 campaign and although they haven’t always achieved success, he might finally lead them to the Championship.

“I believe Leyton Orient is a long-term project for the president Francesco Becchetti and it has only just started. It is not the case that just because we have one bad season the project disappears,” said Liverani.

“MK Dons is an example of planning because the manager has been the same for many seasons.

“They didn’t win straight away and that is something I would like to do with my team. I want to have the possibility to start from the beginning and build things the way I want.”

Liverani has been frustrated by the amount of injuries O’s have suffered since he took over on December 8 and would look to improve that next year.

“When I am talking about poor planning and how I hope to plan better for next season I am also referring to the fact we unfortunately have players with recurring injuries,” he added.

“This means we can not ensure continuity with the squad.”

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