Embattled Leyton Appoint Heskey
Vanarama National side Leyton Orient FC have turned to former England international Emile Heskey as their new manager after the dismissal of Omer Riza.
Heskey will be the club's 12th manager in just three years but the first under new chairman Nigel Travis, who has bought the club from previous boss Francesco Becchetti. Leyton Orient were one of the strongest sides in League One in 2014/15 but have since plummeted, and last season finished last in League Two to be relegated out of the Football League for the first time since 1905.
This will be Emile Heskey's first ever role in management, after retiring as a player in 2016 and spending a year out of the game. Heskey played 62 times for the English national team and scored over 100 goals in the Premier League for Leicester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Wigan and Aston Villa. The 39 year old is thought to favour an attacking style of play and brings a wealth of experience at the highest level to the side.
Heskey in action for Bolton in 2016
Fans of the O's are sceptical of Heskey's lack of managerial experience, but chairman Nigel Travis has defended the move, saying that Heskey showed 'exemplary suitability for the role'. Experienced managers have been the status quo for Leyton Orient in the last 3 years, but with such a rapid changeover in managers, perhaps a refreshed approach will be what Orient have sorely needed for some time.
Heskey will inherit a squad that, on paper, appears to be one of the strongest in the Vanarama National, but recent times have shown us that Orient's problem does not lie on the pitch, but in the dressing room. Heskey will have a matter of months to address these issues, and line up for day one at Sutton United for Orient's first game outside the Football League in 112 years.