A busy summer ahead at Orient
ORIENT complete their League One campaign on Saturday with a home game against Huddersfield - but there will be no summer break at the Matchroom Stadium, writes TREVOR DAVIES. The only thing that s certain is that the O s have avoided relegation and will compete in a lucrative
ORIENT complete their League One campaign on Saturday with a home game against Huddersfield - but there will be no summer break at the Matchroom Stadium.
The only thing that's certain is that the O's have avoided relegation and will compete in a lucratively-based division next season.
With Charlton, Southampton and possibly Norwich dropping down from the Championship and Brentford winning promotion, there will be some big gates in prospect, especially as Wycombe are as good as up and Gillingham could also be playing in League One next term.
Manager Geraint Williams' short-term contract is about to expire and there is still no word on his long-term future.
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The club are keen for him to stay, but the former Colchester boss still has ambitions of managing in the Championship.
And with O's chairman Barry Hearn previously revealing that the wage bill will have to be trimmed next term, it means Orient could become a not-so- attractive proposition for Williams.
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But, O's desperately need to have a permanent manager in place sooner rather than later, as EIGHTEEN of the current 28-strong playing staff will be out of contract.
Skipper Stephen Purches has played enough games to trigger the offer of a new deal.
While Glenn Morris, Tamika Mkandawire, JJ Melligan, Adam Chambers, Jamie Jones, Jason Demetriou, Charlie Daniels, Ryan Jarvis, Harry Baker and Luke Ashworth, have contracts that run through to next season.
However, the club currently have five players on loan deals, Dean Morgan, Jimmy Smith, Jordan Spence, Simon Church and Scott McGleish.
Their futures have to be addressed, and although McGleish has expressed a desire to stay, Church and Spence will return to Reading and West Ham respectively.
But it's the fate of regular first-teamers like Sean Thornton, Adam Boyd, Wayne Gray, Paul Terry and Alton Thelwell that will need to be addressed, as the O's look set for a major re-building process this summer.
Other players who will be out of contract include Brian Saah, Danny Granville, Andrew Cave-Brown, Aiden Palmer, Loick Pires, Solomon Shields and Bradley Gray.
The only thing that's certain is the side Williams selects for Saturday's final fixture is likely to be vastly different to the team that lines up for the start of next season's league campaign!