Kevin Nolan has been appointed as Leyton Orient's new player-manager, with the club confident that Nolan's playing experience will prove invaluable going forward.The 33-year-old takes over at Brisbane Road with Orient sitting 11th in Sky Bet League 2, but just three points adrift of the Play-Off places - and the club believe Nolan has all the attributes to take them forward.
Nolan has amassed more than 500 career appearances to date, representing - and captaining - Newcastle United, West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers, scoring 99 League goals in the process. Now, he could hit the landmark in a Leyton Orient shirt as he balances playing alongside his new managerial role.
A statement on the club website read: "Kevin brings with him invaluable expertise and know-how, with 17 years’ experience in high-level football.
"A number of strong candidates were interviewed by the chairman, but Kevin’s hunger, desire and passion to succeed at Leyton Orient, coupled with his experience, were key in the decision process and the club believe they have the man to take Leyton Orient forward and improve the club's position."
The midfielder has signed a two-and-a-half year deal and takes charge with immediate effect. His dugout debut will come this Saturday at Wycombe Wanderers, who currently occupy the fourth and final Play-Off position in League 2.