Steve Davis pleased with set-up at Leyton Orient and Martin Ling’s role at Brisbane Road

Former Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis has been appointed the new head coach at Leyton Orient (p

Former Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis has been appointed the new head coach at Leyton Orient (pic: Barrington Coombs/PA Images). - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

New E10 boss reflects on different between his job at Crewe and O’s and how many more players he wants the club to sign

Henry Ochieng (left), Tristan Abrahams, David Mooney and Joe Widdowson (right) are put through their

Henry Ochieng (left), Tristan Abrahams, David Mooney and Joe Widdowson (right) are put through their paces by Leyton Orient fitness coach Michael Amoah (pic: Simon O'Connor). - Credit: Archant

Steve Davis is pleased he will be able to focus purely on coaching and managing players at Leyton Orient, which is in contrast to his previous role at Crewe Alexandra.

At Brisbane Road, the 51-year-old former defender will work closely with O’s Director of Football Martin Ling.

Davis has worked under this set-up before at Crewe when Dario Gradi was Director of Football, but expects it to be slightly different at Orient.

He said: “I will go to Martin with a name and he will come to me with a name and in the end we will make a decision and he will sign the player, so he is doing the negotiating and the rest of it and I am not getting involved with that at the moment.

New Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis (left) with Director of Football Martin Ling (pic: Leyton O

New Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis (left) with Director of Football Martin Ling (pic: Leyton Orient FC). - Credit: Archant


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“All I will be doing is speaking to the contacts I have and passing them on to him, so he will be involved in that side of things and that’s brilliant for me because it means I can focus on other stuff where as at Crewe I did it all myself.

“I was looking after the budget and all like that, but he will take care of those things and will make sure we are running within it, so it is helpful that he takes that all off me.

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“It will enable me to coach and do the football side of things and I know Martin and we get on really well, but I have no doubt we will disagree at times, though in the end we will agree on something because we have that relationship.”

When Davis was confirmed as the new head coach at Orient, many people pointed to the fact he has worked under a Director of Football as a key reason behind his appointment.

But the ex-Crewe manager explained exactly what Gradi’s role at Gresty Road was and how it differs from Ling’s in E10.

“Dario was the manager and I took over and he was already a director at the club, but he then became a Director of Football after I stepped up,” said Davis.

“I took over in 2011 and Director of Football became Dario’s role, but he did it in a slightly different way to Martin. He didn’t deal with players, recruitment or any transfers or the young players, so that side was all done by me.

“The main thing for him was sticking to the philosophy and giving the young boys a chance, so that was really his role, but it was a much-lesser role that Martin is doing.”

Orient have already announced one signing under Davis, although Alex Lawless came in less than 24 hours after his appointment.

The new O’s head coach revealed he is targeting six or seven more additions and would like to bring in two experienced central defenders.

With Charlie Lee and Alex Lawless increasing Davis’ options in midfield and David Mooney up front, defence is a position where Orient lack nous.

Michael Clark and Aron Pollock both showed their potential and talent last season, but it is understandable for the former Crewe boss to want more experience in there.

Davis added: “I still think we are six or seven players short because we probably need a team of experienced players and then the kids will come in and out depending on performances.

“You are going to get injuries and suspensions maybe, so we are short and Martin knows that, but it is just the timing.

“We had the takeover and in the amount of time Martin has had to get players in, he has done very well to get the people he has got here because they all seem good acquisitions.”

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