• by Yann Tear

Back as interim boss - but Embleton may be tempted by longer stint this time


Interim boss Ross Embleton is not ruling out the possibility of taking on the job of Orient boss on a permanent basis.

He was brought back into the role he occupied at the start of the season after the board decided to cuts its losses with Carl Fletcher - axed on Thursday after just 29 days as head coach.

Embleton, who oversaw Saturday's disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Scunthorpe, was not too keen on taking the post full time before but he may be persuaded this time around. The fans gave him a great reception before kick off at Brisbane Road.

"People say I'm avoiding the question and I'm not. But I think because how quickly it came around, the priority was just to get ready [for this game] and lift the boys' spirits - so I wouldn't stand here and say I want to be the next Leyton Orient manager or I don't want to be the manger.

"I've stepped back into an interim role and it's been a case of stepping in and making sure we were fully prepared for today. Whatever happens next will be results driven and how quickly the board want to take the club forward."

Embleton summed up a tough week for the club, saying: "It's been tough. I'm sure 100 per cent of the players have all been through a change of manager, but we've come into today's game with only one day's preparation.

"By no means has it been ideal for anybody, but what we can't do is fall back on that excuse. It's too easy to blame that.

"We've got to come in Monday morning ready to work and ready to adjust and find our identity again in terms of trying to build where we want to go."

Speaking about his team's defeat in his first game back, The O's boss said: "Disappointing in the way that we performed. In the first half we looked on the verge of an okay performance. We looked a bit edgy and nervy and a little bit slow and made unforced errors, for want of a better phrase.

"In the second half, we never really found our rhythm."

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