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Kevin Nolan inspires immediately at Leyton Orient

5 years ago

Kevin Nolan is looking a natural when it comes to management, judged on his first 48 hours anyway.

Leyton Orient hadn’t won for a month and had only one victory in the previous nine weeks.

However, Saturday afternoon saw them visit promotion rivals Wycombe Wanderers and come away with a comfortable 2-0 win.

The result saw Kevin Nolan’s new team leapfrog Wycombe and they are now only one place and two points off the play-off positions.

The former Newcastle player turned Leyton Orient player manager did though resist the urge to bring himself onto the pitch from the bench.

Kevin Nolan having backed off from playing for another club since agreeing an early release from West Ham in September, as that would have prevented him becoming a player manager this season, due to not being able to play for more than two clubs in the same season.

After the game, Kevin Nolan was unsurprisingly upbeat:

“The lads responded to everything I have asked of them over the last 48 hours so I’m going home on that bus really pleased.

“I think what I have learned is that they can take things on board very quickly, which is very pleasing.

“They’ve got the result today which is pleasing so hopefully now they’ll start believing in what I’m trying to do

“Bit by bit we’ll start implementing things and hopefully start making this club strive forward and get into those play-off positions.”


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