Leyton Orient: Kevin Lisbie praises Russell Slade management style

Kevin Lisbie

Leyton Orient's 34-year-old striker Kevin Lisbie has heaped praise on manager Russell Slade, in particular his ability to manage older players.

The O's finished seventh in League One last season and Slade has since signed a two-year contract extension.

"Russell agreeing to stay is a massive boost," Lisbie told BBC London 94.9.

"He knows how to look after the senior guys, he's the perfect manager at my age. His management of our workload can really help prolong my career."

Although Orient's squad last season was a relatively young one, the club ended the season with five players over 30-years-old.

The three oldest on their books played 118 matches between them, although 24 of Charlie MacDonald's appearances came whilst playing for MK Dons.

Lisbie was the club's top scorer with 16 goals in 28 league games whilst midfielder Martin Rowlands, also 34, played 40 times.

Then 32-year-old forward MacDonald played 20 of the club's 22 matches after arriving on a free transfer in January.

"I'm sure there were clubs sniffing around after the job the gaffer has done on such a small budget," Lisbie continued.

"He's done unbelievably well and he understands the older players in terms of training and number of games too.

"I basically train as and when he tells me to - if he says go in the gym, I go in the gym, if he says rest, I rest."

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