The wait is over – Leyton Orient has appointed a new manager and they have gone for experience – Peter Kitchen nods in approval.
There is no question that the former O’s frontman has the club very much at heart and wants the absolute best for the fans. And he sees the appointment of Kenny Jackett as a huge step in the right direction as the East Londoners look to mount a serious Sky Bet League Two promotion challenge come next term.
“I’m certainly very happy with this appointment and wish Kenny all the best for the coming season,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“I believe it to be an appointment which will unite the fans as well as embody the ambitions of the clubs’ owners.
“After more than a season of treading water, the appointment of a manager with his experience, pedigree and a proven track record of achieving success has certainly excited the fans and he could and should be able to take the club to the next level.
“Of course, experience is no guarantee of success, but I’m sure this appointment will reveal a manager with a strong character who will have his ideas of how he wants his team to play and what he will expect from the players.”
Kitchen recalled tussles with the new O’s chief from back in their playing days: “I played against Kenny a few times in my career. I was at Cardiff City and he was a youngster starting at Watford. He was a tough, uncompromising defender who I’m sure will bring these qualities to Orient.
“He certainly has the backing of the owners with regards to bringing in new players. I think he’s fortunate that he has almost a blank canvas to start with. Quite a few of the old squad have gone and there are plenty of players available elsewhere as other clubs look to trim their squads due to the financial strain caused by the pandemic.”
Kitchen continued: “As with any new Managerial appointment, there will be a lot of positivity to start with and huge expectation from the fans for him to hit the ground running and to achieve results. But he will need time to bring various pieces of the jigsaw together.
“Personally, I don’t doubt that he will get the team organised and make them difficult to beat. But that’s the easier part of football management. What I hope to see is a manager who can add flexibility, can adapt and change systems and isn’t ruled by a fear of losing but is brave and ambitious enough to produce an attractive and attacking style of play and a winning mentality which the fans can all get behind.”