Leyton Orient manager Ross Embleton will be under huge pressure to start next season well, according to the Lo Down podcast.
The 38-year-old, who acted as interim head coach after the tragic passing of Justin Edinburgh, took over as boss when Carl Fletcher received his marching orders earlier in the season.
Orient ae 17th in League Two, 16 points clear of the solitary relegation spot this season, but that apparent safety is only a platform, not proof of Embleton’s security according to the podcast.
“I think Ross has got to prove a lot of people wrong and get the system right,” they said.
“If we start next season after a full pre-season and a decent period in the job and we don’t hit the ground running, or at least showing some improvements from this year, then I can’t see him keeping his job.”
Even with safety apparently assured this season, there is still plenty for Embleton and his team to get right.
“I think there’s a lot to play for. It’s not just a case of points now, we need to get a system right,” they continued. “We need to get players scoring and we need to get the fans on the side of the manager.”
Orient, who have taken seven points from 12, face Oldham Athletic in London this weekend before visiting Forest Green Rovers a week on Saturday.
I think these comments are fair. It’s not so much the league position, I think most Orient fans would have been happy to be relatively safe after the horrible summer they had.
It’s the approach and style that needs to settle down. Clubs can take a while to build an identity and an approach and that is what the fans want to see evidence of. Football is all about progression, even if that’s 17th one season and 11th the next. Look at Swindon and Port Vale for instance; they’ve improved steadily year on year and Orient fans will want to see evidence of the same.