Embleton to stand aside as Interim O’s chief

Brian Jeeves

ROSS EMBLETON has announced he is to revert to his original post as Assistant-Coach upon the appointment of a new manager at Sky bet League Two outfit, Leyton Orient.

Embleton took the reigns on an interim basis at Brisbane Road under hugely testing circumstances following the untimely death of Justin Edinburgh in June. He has overseen first-team duties during the first quarter of the season, leading the east Londoners to a single-goals success over Cheltenham Town on their return to to the Football League.

However, Orient has struggled to put points on the board since leading to Embleton’s decision.

“From a personal perspective, after what happened in the summer and the situation that everyone found themselves in, I felt it was the right thing for me to do to step forward and take responsibility,” he told www.leytonorient.com.

“It was on the terms of trying to find stability for the football Club again. Have we achieved that? I think we have and have now found ourselves into the season and everyone comes into work with the thoughts of football and their day-to-day jobs being at the forefront of what we do.”

“That is something that I am most proud of and was always something that was my main focus for the players and the staff, trying to get through a real tough period that we’ve got through. We’ve tried to find some normality in the way that we’ve come to work every day and we’ve started to find that. Despite all the support – from the supporters, people at the Club, the players, the rest of the staff – no-one’s ever been able to tell me exactly the right way to go about the job.

“Did I ever think I was a Manager? Potentially not. I think there will be people sitting here saying that if results went differently, I might have changed my mind? Potentially, yes. I’ve never sat here and said I was going to be the next Leyton Orient manager and I was incredibly privileged and proud to have been in charge of the Club in recent times but at the front of my mind was just trying to secure that stability.”

The O’s face Port Vale on Saturday, looking to end a run of six League Two matches without a victory. They currently sit in 19th place – four points above the relegation zone.


Brian Jeeves

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