Matt Harrold joins First Team Coaching staff

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Former O’s striker Matt Harrold has joined Leyton Orient’s First Team Coaching staff, completing Ross Embleton’s backroom team.

The 36-year-old joined Orient in the summer of 2017 and was a vital part of the squad that won promotion to the Football League the following season. Having enjoyed a career that has spanned across two decades, Harrold is excited for a new challenge ‘on the other side of the fence,’ where he will blend First Team coaching and opposition scouting.

“This is an unbelievable opportunity.”

“I’m really excited,” said Harrold. “This is an unbelievable opportunity and I’m really happy to learn from being involved in a First Team coaching environment. We’ve got a really good group of staff and I’m looking forward to adding to that where I can and use my experience.”

Head Coach, Ross Embleton said:

“It’s a great thing for us. There’s been a real continuation of bringing in good people into the football club since the takeover in 2017. Matty has always had a good attitude that he brings to the group to drive people on, and we will get that from him in his new role.

He is a winner and that’s important. He can install that mentality and focus on the boys and really help us moving forward.”

Harrold follows Danny Senda’s appointment as Embleton’s number two, completing his First Team coaching staff.

“We feel we have a really strong team; There’s a real variation of people which is important, as we all have different strengths. There’s a really good balance of skills and we all have an incredible work ethic. We want to take this club forward and all of the the staff are working to do that.”

In other news, the club has extended analyst Charlie George’s deal with The O’s. George is set for his third season with Orient, having worked his way up from an internship into a full-time position.

The Boss had some kind words for the analyst, better known inside the club as “Shred.”

“Shred epitomises someone who wants to get better and improve. We have seen incredible improvement from him both personally and professionally and we’re delighted to have him onboard.”

The O’s are three weeks into pre-season, as they prepare themselves for the new Sky Bet League Two Season, which is scheduled to start on the weekend of the 12th September.