Johnson, who joins us from Barnet, has had a wide reaching and experienced career, which saw him as the perfect candidate for the job.
“We went through an extensive interview process, where Lee came out at the top. He has a lot of experience, both at youth level and internationally in his various roles,” said Director of Football Martin Ling.
“He’s someone we feel can lead the academy, one that we are rightly proud of, as we continue to bring exciting prospects through the system.”
“The likes of Dan Happe, Ruel Sotiriou, Hector Kyprianou to name just three, and even recently young Dan Nkrumah, are evidence of this.
We have the raw products here, and now Lee is here to shine them up and make them the finished articles we know they can be.”
“We went through an extensive interview process, where Lee came out at the top.”
“I’ve been coaching for other 20 years, working in four continents,” said Johnson “Working at Crystal Palace and Chelsea in their academies, as well as at The FA as a tutor.”
“I then worked out in Rwanda as the Technical Director of their national team, and then moved to India where I was the Assistant Manager for their national team, as well as Head Coach of their U19’s and U23’s.”
“After this I then came back home and moved to Barnet, where I was the Head of Coaching – before moving on to this exciting new opportunity.”
“The way that the club is moving forward is exciting. I know the area well, and I’m familiar with the players we have and the ones we’d like to bring in.
“Having spoken with Martin Ling and knowing where they want to see the club going, I see it as a project for me, and I think I can add real value and help move the academy forward.
The most important thing is for an academy to produce players for the club. We want to make sure they have the full education to develop into good people, and we as staff are key in helping that development.”
Further to Lee’s appointment, Jordan Keogh has joined the club as Academy Performance Analyst.
We’d like to welcome them both to Leyton Orient, and wish them both success in their new roles.