Orient Appoint Steve Davis As Head Coach


Leyton Orient have announced Steve Davis as the new head coach at Brisbane Road. The 51-year-old former Crewe manager arrives on a two-year deal.

Davis’ last managerial role was with League Two Crewe Alexandra. He was sacked by the Railwaymen back in January after just over five years in charge.

Steve had long playing career as a defender, playing over 100 games for Crewe, Burnley and Barnsley as well as spells with Oxford United, York City, and Macclesfield Town.

Towards the end of his playing career, Davis joined Northwich Victoria. He became player-manager of the Vics in 2003 but resigned after a short spell in charge.

In 2004 Steve Davis was appointed as Nantwich Town manager.

In his second season in charge, the Dabbers won the FA Vase trophy as well as their highest ever league finish. In the 2006/07 season, Nantwich performed even better in the league, claiming third place and securing promotion to the Northern Premier League Division One South.

Davis’s side then secured promotion for the second consecutive season, finishing third and eventually beating Sheffield on penalties in the 2007/08 play-off final.  Nantwich also won the Cheshire Senior Cup in 2008/09

Davis is regarded as the most successful manager in Nantwich’s history.

In May 2009, Davis was recruited by Crewe Alexandra to become Gudjon Thordarson’s assistant. Steve continued in that role under Dario Gradi following Thordarson’s dismissal.

In November 2011, Dario Gradi reverted to his previous role as Technical Director and Davis was promoted to become manager.

Not only did Davis steer the Railwaymen away from the relegation zone, Crewe also strung together a 16-match unbeaten run to reach the League Two play-offs.  Crewe beat Southend in the semi-finals and beat Cheltenham Town at Wembley to seal promotion to League One.

In 2012/13 Crewe finished in mid-table in League One. The Railwaymen also met Southend United at Wembley again, this time in the Football League Trophy final. Crewe claimed a 2-0 win over the Shrimpers.

The next couple of seasons saw the Railwaymen narrowly avoid relegation, in 2013/14 they finished 19th and in 2014/15 they finished 20th, just two points above the drop.

In 2015/16 Crewe were relegated to League Two as they finished at the foot of the table.

Last term, the Railwaymen made a poor start to the campaign and after securing just two points from seven games, Steve Davis was sacked on the 8th January 2017 with Crewe in 18th place in League Two. Over five years at Gresty Road, Steve managed more that 270 Crewe games.

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Age: 51

Born: Birmingham, England

  GamesWinsDrawsLossesWin %
Northwich VictoriaJune 2003-Sept 2003111379.1
Nantwich Town 2004-May 2009
Crewe AlexandraNov 2011-Jan 2017272847111730.9

Other Roles:

  • Crewe Alexandra –  Assistant Manager – May 2009 – November 201


  • FA Vase – 2005/06 – Nantwich Town
  • Cheshire Senior Cup – 2007/08 – Nantwich Town
  • League Two Play-Offs – 2011/12 – Crewe Alexandra
  • Football League Trophy – 2012/13 – Crewe Alexandra


Steve Davis is the first head coach of the new era under Nigel Travis’s stewardship and he will be working with new Director of Football Martin Ling and assistant coach Ross Embleton. Davis has experience of his position, having worked in similar structure at Crewe.

Davis will now be working with his players on the training ground to prepare for the 2017/18 National League campaign.

The O’s will kick-off their pre-season against Tottenham in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Wednesday before travelling to face Harlow Town on Saturday.




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