New O’s manager Alberto Cavasin is excited about the prospect of testing his credentials in England, and hopes to repay the club’s faith him with success on the pitch.
The 60-year-old was appointed as O’s boss yesterday on a two-year deal, and took his first training session with the team this morning ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Southend United in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Speaking in his first interview following his appointment, Cavasin revealed he cannot wait to get started, and believes he has a strong squad at his disposal.
“I am very happy and glad to be here,” he told leytonorient.com. “I would like to thank the chairman for trusting me with this position. He is a very passionate person who loves the club and in return I hope I can bring success to Leyton Orient.
“For me it is a great opportunity to train in a prestigious footballing country and it is a very good club in terms of the facilities and quality of squad. There is a strong squad here and I feel we have a good base on which to build on.
With games coming thick and fast, the 60-year-old cannot wait to get started, having prepared for the challenge of Southend tomorrow night.
“My first day in charge was very good and I felt welcomed by the staff and players from the beginning,” he added.
“The session went well and the group is very positive. At the moment we are missing some good results, but we can certainly improve on that.
“I am excited for the first game and the opening one is always a special occasion.”
This represents Cavasin’s first managerial position outside of his native Italy, and in readiness for the job has spent a lot of time assessing his squad and the division as a whole.
“I have spent a lot of time studying our team and I have also had some time to look at the quality of this league, which is a very physical one,” he said.
“I have had a career in Italy as both a player and a manager, but now I am starting a new adventure here in England. It is an exciting new experience and I am very motivated to succeed.”
Cavasin will be hoping to get his O’s reign off to a winning start tomorrow night at Roots Hall, and looks forward at getting the opportunity to meet some of the fans for the very first time.
“The fans are very important and I am aware of the huge number of fans the club takes to its away games, which was seen on Saturday at Barnet,” he added.
“It is important we repay that support with success on the pitch, and with the fans backing hopefully we can achieve our targets. I guarantee the team will play with passion and give everything out on the pitch.”