‘What planet is he on’ – These Leyton Orient fans are not impressed with the club’s new head coach

Leyton Orient slumped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat at bottom of the table Morecambe on Saturday to leave new head coach Carl Fletcher still searching for his first win in charge.

A quality second-half strike from substitute AJ Leitch gave the Shrimpers all three points in their first game since the departure of long-serving boss Jim Bentley.

Fletcher now has two losses and a draw from his three games at the helm since he replaced interim head coach Ross Embleton. Some Orient fans, who were not overly impressed with his appointment at the outset, are now more than a little concerned that Fletcher is proving to be the wrong man for the job. His post-match comments undoubtedly did not go down well with many fans.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Fletcher said: ‘We were a little bit flat first half, we improved second half and started getting into the game and obviously it took a worldie of a goal to separate the two sides. We knew with the change of managers for their side that they’d be up for the game and for the fight so although we didn’t play well first half, I’m pleased with the way the lads dug in and got into half-time. Like I said, we had an improved second half but probably just couldn’t get enough quality in the final third.’


‘Whatever the result was today, we’d always be looking to improve. We’ll go again next week, keep working hard and trying to improve where we can and  hopefully put it into good performances when we get to the games.’

While Fletcher did go on to describe the 353 Orient supporters who made the arduous trip as ‘fantastic,’ his comments and demeanour were heavily criticised by O’s fans when they reacted on social media.

Many feel the former Bournemouth midfielder is uninspiring and lacks charisma, something which is rubbing off on the team. Plenty argued he should have held his hands up and apologised for what some felt was an abject performance by their side.

Other O’s fans believe their new head coach showed an enormous lack of ambition by playing just one striker upfront against League Two’s bottom club.

Fletcher’s standing amongst supporters is perhaps not helped by the fact Embleton won his last game in charge 4-0 and was slowly improving results before he stepped down.

Judging by these responses on Twitter, Fletcher needs a win quick to appease and win over a seriously unhappy section of the club’s fanbase.




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