Search

Nolan: Management isn’t easy!

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 February 2016

Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan (centre) celebrates their win at Portsmouth with goalkeeper coach Lee Harrison (left) and assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler.

Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan (centre) celebrates their win at Portsmouth with goalkeeper coach Lee Harrison (left) and assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler.

07958 573219 simon.oconnor@virgin.net

Orient earned a third win out of four under their new player-manager at Portsmouth last weekend

Leyton Orient's Jobi McAnuff celebrates his strike at Portsmouth while his team mates rush to congratulate him (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient's Jobi McAnuff celebrates his strike at Portsmouth while his team mates rush to congratulate him (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient boss Kevin Nolan was a happy man on Saturday, but has insisted management is not easy.

The O’s player-manager featured for 70 minutes at Fratton Park and his side earned a terrific 1-0 win over Portsmouth thanks to Jobi McAnuff’s stunning 53rd minute strike.

It easily could have been a lot more with Jay Simpson and Nolan both missing great chances while Armand Gnanduillet hit the post late on.

But in the end it wasn’t to matter, as the east Londoners earned a third victory out of four under the former West Ham United skipper.

He admitted afterwards that being captain at various big clubs has helped him make the transition.

Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan looks to block Portsmouth's Gary Roberts hitting the ball forward (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan looks to block Portsmouth's Gary Roberts hitting the ball forward (pic: Simon O'Connor).

“Management is tough and I have had to lean on a lot of people and thankfully I have a good support system at home and at the club so it has probably been a little bit easier going into it because of that,” said Nolan.

“I think being a captain at three massive clubs has helped in the respect of that when I was at Bolton, we were in Europe. I was helping manage all those big egos, well not egos, but big players.

“Then going to Newcastle and managing the dressing room. I was always looking forward and I wanted to give this a crack and as we said earlier, it did come earlier than I thought.”

Even though Nolan didn’t expect to become a manager at 33, he has been thrilled with how well things have gone so far.

Leyton Orient player-manager attempts a pass against Portsmouth (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient player-manager attempts a pass against Portsmouth (pic: Simon O'Connor).

He was full of praise for his coaching team as well as the other backroom staff at Brisbane Road.

Orient’s player-manager believes a strong spirit is developing between his squad of players and knows that could be key in the future.

Nolan added: “It is not easy, but I am giving it 110 per cent and I will continue to do that.

“I am delighted with the way everyone has responded in the club from the president and his support staff to my coaching staff now and all the lads behind them in the physio and fitness department and then my players.

“The players have been brilliant and I am trying to keep that happy medium where I am still a player, but also a manager.

“We are getting there and getting the camaraderie going and I am really enjoying it – the camaraderie gets you wins just as much as playing well.”

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

Leanne Kiernan’s hat-trick helped West Ham Women into the last eight of the SSE FA Cup with an emphatic victory at Rush Green on Sunday.

11:00

Essex Senior League: Leyton Athletic 2 Sporting Bengal United 6

10:06

Essex Senior League: Tower Hamlets 2 Ilford 1

Yesterday, 18:32

The O’s head coach offered his views following the 1-0 loss to Maidenhead United

National League: Leyton Orient 0 Maidenhead United 1

Yesterday, 12:37

Great Britain’s men were defeated 2-0 by Australia while the GB women fell to a 3-0 loss in the latest FIH Pro League double header in Perth.

Yesterday, 10:00

Jay Simpson set to make second debut for O’s and 100th appearance for the club

Fri, 13:00

Wesst Ham United can enjoy having a Saturday off this weekend with no game scheduled for the east Londoners following their early exit from the FA Cup.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists