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LEYTON ORIENT has confirmed the appointment of Carl Fletcher as the clubs new Head Coach.
The 39-year-old, who most recently has worked with Premier League side AFC Bournemouth, put pen to paper on an initial deal until the conclusion of the 2020/21 campaign and he inherits an O’s team that has found their feet of late following an indifferent start to the season.
As a player, Fletcher was capped 36 times by Wales and enjoyed a career which saw him represent Bournemouth as well as West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Plymouth Argyle where he led the cash-strapped Pilgrims to a successful fight against relegation as player-manager back in 2011.
He arrives in east London after managing Bournemouth at youth and under 23 levels. Speaking to www.leytonorient.com, Director of Football, Martin Ling, said: “The board went through the interview process with Carl and he kept coming out on top. He has leadership skills, which he obviously had as a Captain of many teams he was at including his country. Everything that we were looking for, he ticked every box”
“Everyone we spoke to said everything we wanted to hear. We spoke to Stephen Purches at Bournemouth, we had people speak to Eddie Howe and Charlie Daniels. We spoke to a couple of players who played under him at Plymouth as well as the people at board level at Bournemouth and they all said the same thing – they believe he’s going to make a top-class football manager.”
Meanwhile, Chairman, Nigel Travis was clearly satisfied with the appointment, adding: “We are delighted to welcome Carl Fletcher to the Club. Carl brings not only plenty of football experience but also the modern up-to-date skills in managing a football team through the last seven years at AFC Bournemouth.
“I want to thank Ross Embleton for the outstanding job he has done filling the gap during the last several months. He has handled the circumstances with a sensitivity and a skill that very few could match. Furthermore, we’d like to thank Danny Webb and Jobi McAnuff for their contributions at a very difficult time following Justin’s passing.”
Orient have also confirmed that interim boss, Ross Embleton, will return to his position as Assistant Coach, while Danny Webb will return to his post as First Team Development Coach. Club skipper, Jobi McAnuff will continue in his Player/Coach position.
COMING SOON: Look out for Peter Kitchen’s preview on Leyton Orient’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Grimsby Town and his thoughts on the new managerial appointment.