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.
What planet is he on. He just does not fit. @MattPorter_LOFC @KentTeague @dannymacca81 should take a long hard look at this appointment. All those who said RE ain't got it take a long hard look at yourselves.
— Shep Kennedy (@shepkennedy) November 3, 2019
Blaming the Morecambe change of management for the result lol. You are also a new manager… Guy has zero charisma. Epic failure of a signing. Poor from the board. Queue the ‘we are lucky to have a club’ mob.
— TheOnly⭕️InLeyton (@mcaziggy) November 2, 2019
But is he going to assess the squad so to speak? You know, yeah. Fantastic. I wasn’t keen from his first interview. Yes, it’s early days but I wanted Ross to stay who was starting to get great results.
— Kat (@KatastrophicMez) November 3, 2019
Really hate to publicly slag off Orient's manager, but this is the most insipid, languid and uninspiring interview I have ever seen. Most worryingly, the team seem to be playing in this manner. Something has to change to reverse this dip in form #lofc
— Daniel (@daniel_d44) November 3, 2019
I'm worried ..very worried… I'll be surprised if he sees the month out
— Legend Orient (@legend_orient) November 2, 2019
Really worried about this appointment. I feel like he has a lack of enthusiasm and energy which maybe rubbing off on the team based on the performance. It's still early mind and i would love to be proved wrong. I hope we can get on a winning run soon.
— Alexander Joy (@alexanderjoy91) November 3, 2019
Uninspiring, flat…boarding on boring. Is that the tone of a man who's going to get a tune out of a group of players?? Was he aware Morecambe are worst side in the league???
— John Crabb (@JohnCrabb3) November 3, 2019
One of the most uninspiring interviews from a new manager, the board must be concerned with how he came across there!!
— Robbie Fyffe (@r_fyffie) November 3, 2019
Terrible interview, doesn’t seem phased by the fact we didn’t turn up and fans travelled to one of the furthest games of the season…
— Amelia Harris (@Mills_89x) November 3, 2019
Early signs though, are that Fletcher is making things even harder for himself. Playing with just ONE striker at Morecambe ???!!!!
— Graham Gee (@GrahamG14843952) November 3, 2019
Nothing against him but this was an odd choice at the time and looks an even odder decision after just 3 games
— 𝚂𝚝𝚎𝚟𝚎 𝙴𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚘𝚗 (@iam_emmo) November 3, 2019
His whole demeanor is wrong Look a beaten man already
— JAMES REYNOLDS (@theoccasional1) November 2, 2019
Languid to say the least. Really not impressed with this guy. He's got a lot of work to do to prove me wrong. Another couple of poor performances/defeats…
— Conway Twitty (@adultswim1) November 2, 2019