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posted Feb 5, 2009

Orient just need to get a small run to get out of the relegation zone - easier said than done but hopefully Williams arrival will serve as a boot up the derriere for some of the players to get themselves out of the predicament they are in - Go on the Os

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posted Feb 5, 2009

I agree...WE MUST GIVE WILLIAMS A CHANCE!!
He is a decent guy and I think he can keep us up!
Up The Os

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posted Feb 5, 2009

Orient have a selection of fans that will never be happy, Hearn could bring in Sir Alex & these fans would still criticize his choice of manager.

We must give Williams a chance to see if he can get the best out of our semi-talented squad to avoid the drop. I believe he can.

Onwards & Upwards.

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posted Feb 5, 2009

Ditto.

TT

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posted Feb 5, 2009

Yep good new really.

We now have someone in charge (all be it until the end of the season)...and can now focus on what will be a very tough run in.

I'm sure everyone will now give full backing and hope we survive.

UP THE O'S....And best of luck Mr Williams

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posted Feb 5, 2009

It's like Martin Ling never left, what a kick in the teeth, all this rubbish from Hearn, about an experienced manager, and we get another Ling!!

This appointment is a disgrace

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posted Feb 5, 2009

As much as I want to give Williams a chance, i am too peed off with news of the takeover talks ending, still stuck with hearn. why cant people see he's ruining this club ? taking us to league 2 ? **** off ! he's taking us to the conference south. totally agree with Hope4theOs

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comment by swcolu (U10603304)

posted Feb 5, 2009

At least give him a chance. You never know, he might have learnt from what went wrong at Col U. I hope he keeps you up.

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comment by Kent-O (U13660422)

posted Feb 5, 2009

I agree. The collapse of the takeover has really ****ed me off. For a whole week I was able to dream!

Come on Geraint, gets us out of this mess.

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posted Feb 5, 2009

I can see why some Orient fans are angry, however, I think Williams must be given some time to adapt to life in E10. Yes, we are not the best of teams but I can see Williams keeping us up.

Williams can keep us up, belief is something that comes with success and I believe that success can be maintained with support for Williams.

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posted Feb 5, 2009

He will do well for the first few games, most new managers do.

If you look at Colchester, with him as manager in the 07/08 season they we're rock bottom with 38 points, only winning 7 games!!

This season, they we're in the bottom, with him in charge.

Why should we put up with this, Hearn stated he was looking to bring someone in proven at this level.

We are a laughing stock, Hearn can't sell so he goes for the cheapest manager option

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posted Feb 5, 2009

I think some of you are being more than a little hasty about Williams - the snippets of info some are quoting are only part of the story.

Williams had been with Colchester for years as a coach, assistant manager and manager - during that time he was responsible for coaching some of the best football we'd played with Cureton, Iwelumo, Danns, Brown, Garcia Halford, Lua Lua - all of which are now still playing at either Championship or Prem standard.

He was Assistant Manager when we got promoted from League 1 to Championship with a squad that cost nothing! (not a single player in the squad was acquired for a fee). Then Parkinson left and GW took over as manager for 1st season in Championship where he took us to 10th and up until last 3 games we were in with a shout of play-offs!

2nd season we lost some key players (chasing the £'s or out of contract) - We had a hell of a lot of injuries which didn't help (at one point 13 pro's that had played for 1st team out) and to be fair - he couldn't get the best out of what was left.

Relegation last season was expected - we were punching well above our weight so he can't be blamed for that -

This season we started badly - he made some poor signings (my one concern about him - some good but some shockers) - defensively we were poor with different players used almost every game.

So in 8/9 years he's had one blip but trust me - he's a good manager and a great coach. I would bet money that he'll keep you up too - he has some great contacts in the game so I'd expect to see a few decent loanee's coming in next week for you.

Sorry to waffle, I wish you, and George all the best for the rest of the season!

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posted Feb 5, 2009

Hope4theOs,

Give the man a chance f-f-s fella.

He has been appointed, let's see what he can do.

You're obviously very passionate about the O's, but come on, the guys not even been in the job an hour & half.

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posted Feb 5, 2009

nevereatwhitesnow,

Thank you very much for your comments.

I hope that they manage to calm a few of our fans down that obviously just look at him & see the bad things he done at Col U.

He will have the majority of our fans backing, and does have the experience necessary to keep us up & then move us along - on a shoe string budget!!!

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posted Feb 5, 2009

Honestly couldn't really give a damn who we appointed. Once the takeover talks fell through (no doubt because of Hearn's insistence on keeping the lease on the ground for himself), we were always going to get a cheap option. The man has no time to bring in players (convenient, eh Bazza?) and will have to work with a failing squad of another manager's making. The best of luck to him (he's going to need it), but the real issue for Orient fans is what's going on in the boardroom, not who's in the dugout.

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posted Feb 5, 2009

I think the anger should be aimed at Hearn he has lead as all down a garden path and is only REALLY interested in lining his own pockets.
We do need to give Williams a chance

Come on you O's

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posted Feb 5, 2009

-Kennedy- fair enough, but why do we have to put up with all this rubbish, all this talk about a "proven manager"

The team he inherited was a team built by Parkinson, when he left, Williams didn't do well at all, he's a good assiatant.

Why do we as Orient always get second best.

The problem is probaly a bit of bad timing, we all hoped that we'd get taken over, and good time we're around the corner.

But in true Orient fashion, it goes pear shaped, and it looks like Hearn went for the cheapest option, and rushed through Williams(the darts start tonight!!)

If the club had issued a proper statement regaurding the collapse of the takeover, then announced the appointment of Williams on Friday, the reaction will probably not been as harsh as it is.

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posted Feb 5, 2009

Williams took over us when Parkinson left us in the lurch, he was appointed quite late in the day to prepare for our first season in the Championship, we all expected to get battered but something miraculous occured. With a team of journeymen we managed to come 10th with the lowest gates and lowest ever budget in the Championship.

Second season syndrome soon hit and our best performers all left leaving us desperately short of bodies. With the salary cap we were never going to reproduce the form. Because of that Williams' record does not look too impressive. Once the negatives creep in its all too much. Personally I feel this season we started in a rut and the dressing room was lost which helps no manager.

Williams likes the attacking game and we had a policy of trying to score more goals than the opposition, but when we had such a poor defence it was a little difficult!

He has some good contacts in the game and was quite shrewd in the market when it came to bringing players in. Not a bad appointment and he has all the credentials to be a good manager. Just didn't work out for us at that time.

Wish George and the O's well for the rest of the season.

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posted Feb 5, 2009

Fellow O's followers, I think it is quite clear from the recent events where the toxicity in the club comes from? It isn't Williams, so give him a go. Focus your attention on the spiv in the chair ffs. He is an embarassment to the club given the deceipt of late. He has to go.
<grr>

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posted Feb 5, 2009

I want to wish GW all the very best in his new position at The O's.

He was a great servant at Col Utd and deserves another shot as a manager.
Although i was a big critic in his last days at Col Utd he is a top class Coach/Asst Manager.

My reservations are is he a Manager.
Just feel his man-management skills let him down.
I hope that he does a decent job with you and keeps you in League 1.

Up the U's

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posted Feb 5, 2009

The following is just my opinion, therefore, no personal attacks please, but I'd welcome all of your comments:

When has being an Orient fan been any different?

Yes Hearn has made mistakes, plenty of them in fact, but the game has changed a lot over the years, especially at board level. Is this Hearnís fault? Of course it isn't.

The club, Hearn, loses money hand over fist, but we're still kept afloat.

Why I can understand that Hearn gets criticized for certain decisions, (which chairman doesn't?), what I can't come to terms with is why so many Orient fans expect so much more all the time? Is it the time we live in? Is it to do with all of the wealth spread around some of the clubs that we have shared divisions with over the years?

We're not a huge club, we never have been, when Woods was in charge we were at the same level we are now. The football was generally dross back then, and it still is now, the stadium is a lot more modern (at the cost of the flats I know), we have better facilities, we have also had a promotion & a decent cup run within the last few years.

I just don't get what you're all expecting?

Hearn to pump in millions? Will they guarantee us success?

Yes it would be nice to have a fresh approach at board level, but is it really fair that Hearn always get's the brunt of what's happening on the pitch?

He's now appointed a new manager, if he does a good job, is it looked at as well done Barry, great appointment? Thought not.

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posted Feb 5, 2009

"Geraint Williams's red and white army"

A few have done nothing but moan about us not appointing a manager ones been appointed so they moan about that because they wanted either Curbishly, Holloway or Ince it was never gonna happen and your deluded if you think it was.

I had grown on the idea of Sanchez for whatever reason we didnt appoint him but thats not gonna put my back up against the appointment of Williams, the poor sod has taken a job with some of the most pesimistic fans around who think that all the problems in the world are created by Hearn sorry to tell you this it really isnt the case.

We have a Manager at least untill the end of the season and the good news is Nugent has been named assitant so he can keep on getting the best out of the players like he has done during his caretaker stint.

The only bad news is the takeover has fallen out of bed, but lets not confuse the issues here if your annoyed about the takeover dont slate Williams untill hes had a few games in charge he plays attacking football it could just turn out to be a great appointment.

Colchester appointed a lower league manager and Watford appointed a youth team coach with no managerial experiance yet all there fans especially Watford seeing as they are in a worse situation than us have done nothing but get behind the team we could learn a few thigs from them.

C'MON YOU O'S

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posted Feb 5, 2009

Good luck to the O's and to Geraint. When he left Colchester the Chairman said that he was one of the finest man he had ever worked with, but the U's were in a tailspin and couldn't get out of it so Geraint had to go.
I don't know how well he'll do, and I think if Nugent is a compatible partner then it may work.
Geraint left us on very good terms, wonder if he'll come after Matt Heath (central derender, Phil Ifill (full back) who are not near our first team.

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comment by Rizz22 (U13750391)

posted Feb 5, 2009

Can't see how a manager who took Colchester to 10th in the championship (massively punching above there weight, no offence) is a bad appointment. If it doesn't work out, he's only here til the end of the season anyway. It's more about the boardroom at the moment... I was gutted to read everything had fallen through, for a brief moment I thought we were gonna do a Fulham / Wigan...

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posted Feb 5, 2009

gilberdian
We where linked with Ifill in the summer and Gerkin although I think the latter was just pure speculation and although Orient personal where seen at some Colchester games it was purely to have a look at Granville.

I wouldnt mind Ifill at the club mid 20's attacking full back aint he? and can offer a fairly decent ball into the box from what I remember of him a few years ago when he was at Spurs.

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