Kevin Nolan handed player-manager role at Orient

Date published: Thursday 21st January 2016 9:18 - Matthew Briggs

Kevin Nolan: A player again

Former West Ham midfielder Kevin Nolan has been appointed player-manager at Leyton Orient.

The 33-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract as he takes his first steps into football management.

Nolan has been without a club since leaving West Ham last year. He spent three months training at Orient earlier this season but could not agree a deal after the League Two club offered him a player contract.

Orient have been without a boss since head coach Ian Hendon was dismissed on Monday following a run of four wins in 21 league games.

“Kevin brings with him invaluable expertise and know how,” said a statement on the Orient website.

“Kevin’s hunger, desire and passion to succeed at Leyton Orient, coupled with his experience, were key in the decision process.

“The club believe they have the man to take Leyton Orient forward and improve the club’s position.”

The former Newcastle and Bolton man made almost 600 appearances after making his debut as a 17-year-old for Wanderers in 1999.

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