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Slade will work with sporting director at Orient



Barry Hearn credits Russell Slade with Leyton Orient's rise up League One

Russell Slade will work with a sporting director at Leyton Orient

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade is prepared to work with a yet-to-be appointed sporting director following Francesco Becchetti’s takeover of the League One club.

The former Yeovil Town boss guided Orient to the third-tier play-off final in 2013-14, losing 4-3 on penalties to Rotherham United after the match at Wembley in May finished 2-2 following extra-time.

That game turned out to be Barry Hearn’s last as owner of the East London outfit, with Becchetti completing his purchase of Hearn’s 90% stake earlier this month, and while Slade admitted that the club’s new structure needed to be defined more clearly, he sees no reason why he cannot continue the job he started in April 2010.

“There’s a slight change in structure. It’s about getting on, nothing will ever be bigger than the club,” the 53-year-old told the BBC earlier today.

“My responsibility is for the football. If I can get help from the owner and sporting director, I’ll be delighted.”

He added: “In terms of the roles and responsibilities, it’s early days but they need to be sorted out and structured better than they are at the moment.

“The owner’s never had a football club so he’s learning and we’re learning too.”

Orient’s attempt to recover from last season’s play-off disappointment will begin on 9 August when they welcome newly-promoted Chesterfield to Brisbane Road; they then travel to Plymouth Argyle in the first round of the League Cup three days later.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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