Following yesterday’s announcement that Eagle Investments 2017 Limited had completed the purchase of Leyton Orient, Chairman Nigel Travis has acted quickly to bring former player and manager Ling back to E10.
Ling, who made over 550 appearances throughout a playing career that included spells at the likes of Exeter, Southend and Swindon, played for the O’s between 1996 and 2000 before returning to the Club as youth coach following his retirement.
Having impressed as part of the coaching set-up, Ling was then appointed O’s first team manager in December 2003 following a successful spell as caretaker manager, and entered the history books by guiding the O’s to League One on the final day of the 2005-06 season – the first time in 36 years that the Club had achieved automatic promotion.
After leaving his role at Orient in 2009, Ling went on to further his managerial experience at Cambridge, Torquay and Swindon, and now boasts over 17 years of coaching experience in professional football.
Speaking on the appointment, new Club Chairman Nigel Travis said; “I am delighted to announce that Martin Ling, who eleven years ago led the Club to League One, has accepted the position as the Club’s Director of Football.”
“Martin’s immediate goals are to develop the squad for next season and appoint a first team coach.
“His deep ties to the Club will help him build on Leyton Orient’s heritage of developing strong young talent through its academy,” he added.
“Longer-term, along with the new management team, Martin is committed to return Leyton Orient to its winning days.”
The Club is also working to recruit an experienced Chief Executive, who along with Ling, will be responsible for the day-to-day commercial management of the Club. Marshall Taylor, a local businessman and long-time Orient fan, is serving as Interim Chief Executive.