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SLADE: 'The Key Is Keeping Us Fit'

23 May 2013

Manager is preparing for life with a slender squad and updates on the contract negotiations with David Mooney and Romain Vincelot

Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade has admitted that his side may face a tougher test next season as he believes the teams entering League 1 will make it a stronger division. 

He said: “I think it will be a strong league. I think teams coming down will have big budgets, particularly with Wolves, who will have a huge budget, Bristol will have a big budget too, and they’ll be wanting to get back. 

“Peterborough have yoyo’d, but have always done well in this league, and the three coming down I think will be very strong. 

“Gillingham, Port Vale, and Rotherham coming up from League 2 are three strong sides also, I think it could be a tougher league in many ways next season.

“The key for us is getting as many key players on the pitch as often as possible, it’s not going to be a massive squad, and we’re going to need a bit of fortune in terms of not picking up too many injuries. 

“I’ve no doubt that if we’re able more often than not to put out a strong side, we’re more than capable of winning more games than we lose.”

The O’s manager remains optimistic that his squad of players will still be competitive as contract negotiations continue over the summer period. 

“We’ve made progress with the Mooney contract, and Vincelot, and we hope to conclude those shortly. From there on, we will look to bring in one or two new faces as well. 

“We’ve got a backline in place, and a goalkeeper in place, and there’s a little bit of work to be done across the midfield as well, and we’ve managed to do Lis [Kevin Lisbie] nice and early, and if Mooney does sign, there won’t be that much rebuilding needed to be done.” 




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