Kitchen: Saturday could prove how alienated the players were

PETER KITCHEN refected disappointingly upon Carl Fletcher’s 29-day’s in the Leyton Orient hot seat but insisted the players now have a point to prove as they look to get their Sky Bet League Two campaign back on track.

Orient dismissed Fletcher following a disastrously short spell at Brisbane Road, culminating in an Emirates FA Cup horror show defeat at the hands of Maldon & Tiptree.

But now, with Ross Embleton back in tempory charge, Kitchen has called upon the player to prove that their own role in the O’s recent demise was minimal.

“It has only been 29 days but it feels as if a weight has been lifted off the club,” Kitchen told Yellow Sport.

“Of course, the players now have an opportunity to put the record straight against Scunthorpe on Saturday. Was it the manager or did they not want to play for him? We will get a fairly good indication at the weekend.

“Fletcher failed to register a single win in any of the three league games he was in charge, but it was Saturdays FA Cup exit at home to Maldon & Tiptree – a team four divisions below us – which really signalled the end of his short tenure.

“It turned out to be the most underwhelming appointment ever seen at the club and one which initially surprised a lot of the fans. But he never made an impression or impact on a team who had won three and drawn one of their four games before he took charge.

Kitchen continued: “Despite being highly recommended and having worked at Bournemouth with Eddie Howe, one of the most progressive Managers in the Premiership, his tenure proved a damp squib. The expected improvements never materialised and the team went backwards.

“He failed to introduce any new attacking ideas or options and the team looked just as vulnerable as they did before he came in.

“Usually, a new boss takes over a team and either gets them going forward with more purpose and attacking options or alternatively you might see him encourage his side to ‘park the bus’ – getting everyone behind the ball and at least appear more solid and organised.

“Sadly, he did neither and the team appeared in limbo – like a ship without a rudder. As I predicted in the #YellowSport preview for Saturday’s game, the owners would not drag their feet if they clearly didn’t think the situation was going to improve. Had they have waited until after this weekend, one feels it would only have been a stay of execution.

“Ross and Danny (Webb) will take temporary charge against Scunthorpe and having already been used to the turmoil in the summer, it will be very interesting to see what improvements they can bring to the team.”


Brian Jeeves

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