Kevin Nolan

Orient to sack Nolan, owner to pick team on Saturday

The Guardian Series understands that Leyton Orient are set to sack player-manager Kevin Nolan. It is also believed that owner Francesco Becchetti will name the team for this weekend’s clash with Dagenham & Redbridge.

A meeting has been called today at the club, where Nolan is expected to be given the news. In addition to Beccehetti, head of recruitment Rob Gagliardi and operations managers Vito Miceli will also be responsible for taking the team on Saturday.

Although he is set to lose his coaching role, the Brisbane Road-based club are understood to be prepared to allow Nolan to remain as a player. Considering the circumstances, the former Newcastle, West Ham and Newcastle midfielder is highly likely to leave the club altogether.

The 33-year-old was handed his first managerial job only in January and has overseen 15 games in a two-and-a-half year contract. After winning five of his first seven matches at the helm, one point from their last four has led to the owner coming to this decision. Last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to Barnet appears to have been the final straw for the Italian.

Nolan has collected 23 points from 15 matches in charge and the club are positioned 11th in Sky Bet League Two. Some supporters have been critical off Nolan’s on-the-field performances but after three months in the job, nobody would have expected the club to come to this decision.

An official announcement is expected in the coming hours. The fact that the owner will pick the team this weekend will undoubtedly lead to a he negative reaction from not just Leyton Orient fans, but football supporters in general.

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