Kevin Nolan has now been officially confirmed as player/manager of Leyton Orient, the 33 year old having played no football since agreeing a release from his West Ham contract almost five months ago.

Leyton Orient are currently 11th in League Two but actually only three points off the play-offs, yet sacked Head Coach Ian Hendon on Monday.

Back in September it was revealed that Kevin Nolan was keeping fit by training with Leyton Orient, his relationship with Head Coach Ian Hendon cited as the reason for him training there.

As we reported earlier when media claims suggested Kevin Nolan was taking the Leyton Orient job, it has become clear why Kevin Nolan hasn’t played any football in these past four months since leaving West Ham.

The official Leyton Orient statement makes clear that Nolan will be continuing his playing career with them as well as managing.

Having already played for West Ham this season, if Kevin Nolan had played for anybody else in the last five months then he couldn’t have played for a third team this season.

Like all Newcastle fans we wish Kevin Nolan well in his new role.

Official Leyton Orient Statement

‘O’s name Nolan as player-manager

The Club are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Nolan as the new player-manager on a two-and-a-half year deal.

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.

Nolan, 33, has enjoyed a successful playing career at the top level of English football with the likes of West Ham United, Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers, amassing over 500 career appearances, and will continue to add to that in a Leyton Orient shirt as he combines playing with his first managerial role following the completion of his coaching badges.

Kevin will take charge of first-team affairs with immediate effect, overseeing his first training session tomorrow morning ahead of leading the side for the very first time in Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two game at Wycombe Wanderers.

Everyone at Leyton Orient would like to welcome Kevin to the Matchroom Stadium and look forward to working with him.’