Plans for next season at Leyton Orient are already underway, according to head coach Ross Embleton.

The O’s are 17 points clear of the single relegation place in League Two this season, so with only 11 games left to play and given the form of the sides fighting for survival at the bottom, it's highly likely they will be playing in the fourth tier in the 2020/21 season.

Therefore, plans for how the team will look in terms of personnel and shape are already being formulated.

Embleton said: “We’ve already started our processes in terms of planning for next year and how that’s going to start to look. Obviously we haven’t got the names and faces exactly nailed down, but the work is already being put in to make sure we’re best prepared to do that job as best we can.”

A large number of Orient players see their current contracts come to an end this summer, and while the plans for next season include offering new deals to certain players, improving and building on the squad will require some players to be moved on.

Embleton said: “We’re making decisions all the time because we want to get better. Some of that will be getting better by getting those boys on new contracts and knowing that they’re going to help us build for next year.

“Unfortunately, some of that will be that some people are not offered new deals and we have to look to other areas or other people to try and help us improve – I think that’s the reality of football and we have to show that strength of character to make those decisions.”