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NEWS: Ross Embleton named Interim Head Coach

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The 38-year-old began his career working at the O’s Centre of Excellence as Youth Development Manager under Martin Ling before enjoying spells at the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Bournemouth, and Swindon Town.

He returned to E10 on July 1, 2017, and developed a close relationship with O’s late Head Coach Justin Edinburgh, following the appointment of the former-Tottenham defender on November 29, 2017.  Embleton has earned praise for his man-management and work-rate, putting on almost daily technical sessions for individual players. 

Embleton will be assisted by Danny Webb, who has been named as Interim Assistant Coach. Webb joined the O’s in 2011 as Under-14’s coach and has developed a close affinity with the Club, being recognised for his tactical additions. 

Furthermore, O’s title-winning skipper Jobi McAnuff has been named Interim Player/Coach. The 37-year-old, who is currently undertaking his UEFA A qualification, takes his first step into coaching having become an instrumental part of the Club’s set-up. McAnuff is renowned for his leadership skills, professionalism, and work-rate. 

Ross Embleton told leytonorient.com, “I am incredibly proud. I’m privileged to be stepping into this opportunity to try to be able to help Club through what is going to be a very, very tough period.”

“No-one will ever forget Justin. He’s made an impression, selfishly, on me and my family in a way that no-one I’ve ever met has managed to do. To have known someone for 18 months and to make it feel like 18 years, it is vitally important that everything we do at this Football Club, whether that is me as Interim Head Coach or new players, that Justin remains a pivotal part of that”

Director of Football Martin Ling told leytonorient.com, “It has been a period which I have never, ever faced in my football career. You don’t get a manual to deal with it but you deal with it the best way you can and deal with it with Justin always in your thoughts. 

“I’ve got no hesitation that Ross can step up and do the top job. The caveat to that is that I don’t want anyone being judged during this period that then can be surplus to requirements. If it doesn’t work out then there’s the opportunity for them to step back down to where they worked last year but can Ross do it? Without a shadow of a doubt”