Steve Davis happy with Leyton Orient staff and praises character of young players
PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 July 2017
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Experienced managers discusses what he did during first training session at the club on Tuesday morning
Steve Davis praised his Leyton Orient staff Ross Embleton and Danny Webb following his appointment on Monday afternoon.
The 51-year-old spoke to the media for the first time on Tuesday before speaking exclusively to this title.
Davis explained how initially he is going to just change little things at Brisbane Road to make sure he doesn’t ask too much of the squad.
“I met Danny for the first time this week, but I had met Ross before when he was at Swindon,” said the new Orient head coach.
“I had not spoken to Danny or the other guys before, but they are all good people and they just want a bit of direction I think.
“Ross has done a fantastic job while there has not been a head coach and he has organised a lot and Danny has done well too, so that was one of the reasons why I didn’t want to interfere too much (on my first day) as everything they have organised has been fine.
“The pre-season fixtures look okay and all I will do is do little bits at a time and try to implant some method of play and what I am looking for.
“I think the pre-season games will enable me to do that and the only thing is we are working with a group now, but we could sign somebody a week before the season that goes straight into the team and hasn’t worked with the group, but we can’t avoid that.
“Ideally we would have our squad in place at the start of pre-season and then have six weeks together, so we are playing catch up a little bit, but that is not an excuse.”
Davis let Embleton and Webb take training on Tuesday, as he watched from afar and got an initial idea of the ability in the Orient squad.
He let the O’s players know his expectations during his first day at the training ground and was impressed with the character of the youngsters.
“I just sat back in my first training session because I wanted to have a look and the first day you go in and everyone is shaking your hand, but you are still getting to know who they are,” said Davis.
“You know the ones you know, but the young lads were all good. They were very bright and not shy. They came up and introduced themselves, so it was good.
“I got my kit and just said to Ross do some 11 v 11 and do what you want because I wanted to sit back and see what they do without me forcing it.
“Ross has already planned the pre-season side of things and I didn’t want to come in and say we are not doing that etc and start changing things.
“All I will do is change small stuff eventually and chip away at little things I want to introduce and that will be better for the players understanding rather than going in and saying ‘let’s do this, this and this’.
“I wanted to let them do what they wanted to do and I spoke to the squad after and talked to them about what I am looking to do and what I expect from them every day. I just wanted to put down a few barriers, so they know where I am coming from.”
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