PETER KITCHEN admitted he was sad to see Ross Embleton stand down from his post in the Leyton Orient hot seat and insisted that the interim chief should be applauded for his efforts at the Brisbane Road club.
Embleton announced he will stand down on the appointment of a new manager. However, Kitchen believed the 37-year-old showed incredible resolve after taking the reins following Justin Edinburgh’s passing in June.
“I’m sad to hear that Ross has stepped down – he is a very good coach, a smashing fella and an O’s man through and through,” the former frontman told Yellow Sport.
“He can feel justifiably proud of the job he has done. It was an awful situation Ross was left in, taking on the task of filling Justin’s shoes after the success the team had last season and then the tragic end to the summer. Emotionally, he’s had so much to deal with. In some ways, football becomes secondary as you are counselling those around you as well as fighting your own feelings. It was almost an impossible task.”
Nevertheless, Kitchen thought the appointment of an experienced manager would steady the ship: “It appears that Ross was struggling to get the right balance, the right formations and to know which was his best team and it was highly unlikely that the owners would have allowed the recent poor run of results to continue much longer,” he explained.
“The team now needs a strong personality who will stamp their authority on the situation, bring some fresh momentum and install extra steel.
“This is a very hard, physical league and whilst the O’s have been trying to play pretty football they now need to learn to mix it and do more of the ‘ugly’ stuff.
“They have to realise, you need to do this first to earn the right to play the pretty football. This Saturday’s game versus Port Vale is a massive one and it’s now up to the players to stand up and be counted.”
Look out for Peter Kitchen’s #YellowSport Leyton Orient v Port Vale preview later this week.