Batt calls for stability at Leyton Orient
PUBLISHED: 13:30 19 December 2014
O’s striker keen to build on goal against Peterborough United last weekend.
Leyton Orient striker Shaun Batt admits now is the time for some stability at the club after the recent appointment of manager Fabio Liverani.
The Italian signed a two-and-a-half-year deal on December 8 to become the O’s boss, and make it four managers in the space of five months at Brisbane Road.
And though his first match didn’t go to plan with a 2-1 home loss to Peterborough United, Batt feels the new manager deserves time to try and get Orient up the table and out of the relegation zone.
“It’s very important that we stick with him,” said Batt. “He’s come in and he’s signed a long-term contract and I think he is going to be around a while.
“We do need that stability and he needs time to get his method across and for us to adapt to the changes.
“He’s implemented some new changes but nothing drastic. I am sure it will be gradual rather than all in one go.
“At the end of the day we need to get results on the pitch and that needs to come sooner rather than later.”
Batt started and scored in last week’s 2-1 defeat, and will be hoping to build on that when the O’s make the journey to Yorkshire to face Barnsley tomorrow.
And the former Millwall striker is hopeful of an extended run in the team, having been frustrated at his lack of action in recent weeks.
“There have been a lot of changes so I haven’t played much,” he added.
“The 20 minutes at Gillingham in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy was the first time I played in over a month.
“I need to get my match fitness up. I had 65-70 minutes against Peterborough and I just have to keep on working on my fitness and try to be involved as much as possible.”