Leyton Orient have announced that they have parted company with Head Coach Steve Davis.
Nigel Travis made the following statement on the Club’s official website:
“There is no doubt results haven’t been up to the required levels over the last two months. We showed a lot of promise in the early part of the season and unfortunately that hasn’t been sustained, so we felt it was time to make a change in order to give us the best chance of turning our fortunes around for the second half of the season. “Steve came in to the Club at a difficult time with a shortened pre-season and a complete squad and staff rebuilding process underway. He worked tirelessly and professionally and we know from the players how much they enjoyed his training ground work. “However, ultimately football is a results’ based business and whilst we knew this was going to be a challenging season, we did not expect to be so close to the bottom four at this stage. “So, we thank Steve for his efforts and wish him well for the future. Our attention now turns towards ensuring that we find the right person to come in and improve our fortunes on the pitch.”
Davis was appointed as O’s boss in July and the 52-year-old made a promising start. The O’s won five of their first eight games and were in second place in the National League at the beginning of September. Since then, Orient have been in dire form, having gone 11 league games without a win managing just three draws during that time.
On Saturday, the O’s lost to Ebbsfleet at Stonebridge Road and that proved to be Davis’s last game as Orient manager.
He leaves the club having lost half of his 22 games in charge while winning 6 matches, giving him a win percentage of 27.3%.
Following his departure, Steve Davis released the following statement via the official club website:
It is with regret that I write this statement but I wanted to take this opportunity at a difficult time personally, to firstly thank Kent, Nigel and Martin for the chance to help build the foundations at the Club under their stewardship and provide a platform for Leyton Orient to go onto bigger and better things in the future. Thanks also to my staff who worked tirelessly to provide professional and dedicated support trying to turn around results following a positive start to the season. To the players for their effort and enthusiasm every day on the training ground and finally, to the supporters who have helped make my stay in East London very enjoyable. I have met some great characters whom I will never forget for their friendliness and support towards me during my stay. I wish the Club every success in the future and hope it can achieve promotion back to the Football League. Steve.
The O’s will now search for Davis’s successor. While the recruitment process is ongoing, Assistant Manager Ross Embleton and Goalkeeping Coach Dean Brill will take charge of the first team.