Leyton Orient 1-3 Tranmere Rovers – Reaction
Peter Kitchen reflected upon a dramatic afternoon at the Breyer Group Stadium which saw Leyton Orient’s winless Sky Bet League Two run stretched to seven matches and Head Coach, Ross Embleton, pay the price as a result.
In truth, Orient was no match for a Tranmere Rovers side who have emerged as genuine promotion contenders in recent weeks.
The Birkenhead outfit raced into a three-goal lead – Paul Lewis, Kaiyne Woolery and Kaiyne Woolery all finding the net before the East Londoners snatched a late consolation through substitute Jamie Turley.
O’s announced the departure of Embleton shortly after the final whistle: “The decision to let Ross go, was no real surprise,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.
“Ross gave his all to the job, that was never in question. But an inability to accept that the way he set up the team to play and the system he persisted with, just wasn’t working and a refusal to adapt and to try other formations, highlighted his naivety and a lack of knowledge which meant he was not getting the best out of what is a talented group of players.
“Supporters eagerly await the team news as part of the matchday build-up. However, in recent weeks this has failed to raise expectations, with some fans switching off immediately after the announcement, believing they were likely to see more of the same system and predictable, sterile and impotent style of football. It’s never going to end well once you’ve lost the confidence of the fans.”
Kitchen continued: “Coaching is very different from being a manager. The lack of a playing career always put Ross at a disadvantage. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to glean the understanding, knowledge and insight needed from serving an apprenticeship gained over many years as a professional and to also have the respect of the players, who I believe were not on board with the way they were being asked to play.
“It’s too soon to know who will be holding the reins come Tuesday evening when we head to Grimsby Town. But whoever takes over can expect to face an enormous challenge. Grimsby are fighting for their football lives and will see the O’s as a team in transition, lacking in confidence belief and fair game for three points.”