Leyton Orient director of football Martin Ling content with success rate in transfer market since his appointment
PUBLISHED: 13:30 04 June 2018
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The 51-year-old discussed the work which has taken place at Brisbane Road since June 22 2017 and why they are in a better position now
Martin Ling has acknowledged some of the signings he has made over the past 12 months at Leyton Orient have been mistakes, but feels more have been successful.
On June 23 it will be a year since the director of football was appointed at Brisbane Road and it has been a busy time for 51-year-old.
He oversaw 14 permanent signings during the summer before another five signed up in the season while nine players joined the O’s on loan throughout the campaign - in addition to goalkeeper coach Dean Brill becoming first-choice between the sticks.
While some of the aforementioned deals have not worked, transfers involving Jobi McAnuff, Macauley Bonne, James Brophy, Sam Ling, George Elokobi, Josh Coulson, Brill and James Dayton could be classed as success stories.
Ling, when discussing past transfers on May 17, said: “Obviously you go back to people you know at times like Brophy with Swindon, but Macauley’s signing I never had any hesitation with because I had seen a lot of him.
“He played a year above Sam (Ling), so I saw a lot of him and he was someone I always liked and I look at our squad now and it is not even properly finished, but let’s say there is 22 and I think there is five or six people would want to buy, so that’s a good sign.
“We don’t want to sell, but it means we are going in the right direction. We have got some wrong and we will continue to get some wrong because you always will, but the majority we got right, so bring on next season.”
Orient paid fees for Sam Ling and Brophy earlier this year, but most of their deals have been free transfers.
The O’s director of football reflected on the work of last summer and explained how the club are in a much better position this time around.
He added: “With everything we do, there is a gamble. The two players we paid money for, I feel we will get our money back plus some more in Brophy and Sam Ling.
“There have been successes and more successes than failure and the only way you survive is by having more successes than failure.
“There was a big influx last summer and some we had to take punts on and gambles on because of the timescale we had.
“What we feel now is I have Steve Foster, our chief scout, who I work very closely with and we have a nucleus of scouts and I think we have more scouts now than when we were in League One.
“I do feel we have more information on players than ever before and the knowledge of Steve Foster is absolutely brilliant, so that has helped and will continue to help.”