Rumours circulated on Tuesday morning claiming Kevin Nolan was going to no longer be the Leyton Orient Manager.
The claims varied between the former Newcastle player being pushed or jumping – but underlying them were rumours that there had been too much interference by the club owners.
Tuesday afternoon has seen an official Leyton Orient club statement released, which says that they have published it ‘following inaccurate reports’.
In the statement, the club claim that the move has been made to allow Kevin Nolan to concentrate on his playing duties ‘until the end of the season’, although no clarification as to what will happen at the end of this campaign.
At the moment Leyton Orient are two points off the League Two play-offs and since arriving in January, Nolan has surprisingly failed to score in 14 appearances.
After playing twice for West Ham at the start of the season, Kevin Nolan surprisingly agreed to terminate his contract with the Hammers early.
Then despite rumours of interest from clubs for the 33 year old, it was puzzling to see him not taking up any playing offers.
It all appeared to come clear when he took the player manager role at Leyton Orient, as if he had been waiting for such an opportunity, he couldn’t have done the playing part if he’d played for another team after leaving West Ham – as you aren’t allowed to play for more than two clubs in one season.
Official Leyton Orient Statement:
Following inaccurate reports in the media today, Alessandro Angelieri, the Club’s CEO, has issued the following statement:
“Everyone at the Club is fighting hard to make sure we reach the play-offs this season.
“Whilst that aim remains within reach, we have decided that Kevin should focus entirely on his playing contribution until the end of the season.
“We believe that Kevin will be able to make a bigger impact on the team without the distraction of managerial duties.
“Andy Hessenthaler, who has been assisting Kevin over the past few months, will take charge of the first team in the interim.”