Former West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan leaves Leyton Orient
PUBLISHED: 18:45 06 July 2016 | UPDATED: 19:00 06 July 2016
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34-year-old won seven of his 15 matches in charge of the east Londoners before having his managerial duties taken away on April 12
Leyton Orient have confirmed Kevin Nolan, who was appointed player-manager of the League Two side on January 21, has left the club.
The Brisbane Road outfit released a statement this afternoon, it read: “The club wishes to announce that midfielder Kevin Nolan has left with immediate effect to pursue opportunities elsewhere.
“We wish him the best of luck and thank him for his efforts during his time with the club.”
Orient’s statement ends all speculation surrounding the ex-West Ham United captain and what the future holds for him after a difficult couple of months.
When Nolan was appointed in January to replace previous head coach Ian Hendon everything pointed towards a successful future for him and the east Londoners.
The O’s started with three wins out of four under their new boss including two impressive displays at promotion rivals Wycombe Wanderers and Portsmouth.
Although a 4-0 loss to Northampton Town, who would eventually win the League Two title, followed, Orient bounced back with victories over Notts County and Crawley Town.
Nolan’s men drew at Carlisle United at the start of March before a defeat to Luton Town occured at Brisbane Road, but again they responded positively.
The O’s earned a 1-0 triumph at Oxford United before beating Morecambe at home thanks to a late own goal and then a sticky patch occured for the boss.
Orient picked up one point from four games, losing to Accrington Stanley, Hartlepool United and Barnet as well as drawing at York City, but it was far from a disaster.
They had been missing a few key players for the aforementioned fixtures and also had failed to convert two crucial penalties at Barnet and York.
Unfortunately Nolan wasn’t given any time to get them back on track and president Francesco Becchetti made the decision to take away his managerial duties.
It was only going to ever end one way and that was with the 34-year-old leaving Brisbane Road despite winning seven of his 15 matches in charge.
Although some of the displays at home weren’t the greatest, their results on the road were impressive and Nolan had demonstrated his potential as a manager.
Now O’s supporters will never know if the former Hammers skipper could have been a success at Orient, but the ambition of the scouser means he is likely to be back involved in the game again shortly.
It is a terrible shame his time with the east Londoners had to end this way, but it is the best move for all parties with Nolan never likely to play for the League Two club after losing his managerial role so hastly on April 12.
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