Carl Fletcher: Leyton Orient appoint ex-Plymouth boss as head coach

Carl Fletcher has left his role of loan player manager at Premier League club Bournemouth to join Leyton Orient

League Two side Leyton Orient have appointed former Plymouth manager Carl Fletcher as their new head coach.

The 39-year-old ex-Wales midfielder has agreed a contract until the end of the end of the 2020-21 season.

He replaces Ross Embleton, who had been interim head coach since June following the death of previous Orient manager Justin Edinburgh.

Fletcher spent 16 months in charge of Argyle, initially as player-manager, before being sacked in January 2013.

He joined the coaching staff of Premier League club Bournemouth following his departure from Home Park, and coached the Cherries’ under-18 and under-23 sides before taking on the role of loan player manager in 2018.

Fletcher, who made over 400 league appearances during a playing career that included spells at Bournemouth, West Ham and Crystal Palace, won 17 of his 70 matches in charge of Plymouth.

He also made 36 international appearances for Wales, and scored in a 3-0 win over Norway at Wrexham in 2008.

“Carl brings not only plenty of football experience but also the modern skills in managing a football team through the last seven years at Bournemouth,” Orient chairman Nigel Travis told the club website.