Leyton Orient appointed Carl Fletcher as Head Coach on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.
Fletcher started his professional career at AFC Bournemouth, making his debut in February 1998 at just 17-years-old. He made 185 appearances for the Cherries and captained the side in their Division Three Playoff Final against Lincoln City, scoring two goals in a 5-2 win.
He moved to West Ham in 2004, playing in the Premier League following their promotion to the top flight. He was selected in the squad for the FA Cup Final against Liverpool in 2006 before moving to Crystal Palace for £400,000 that summer.
Loan spells followed with Nottingham Forest and Plymouth Argyle, joining the latter permanently in 2009. He captained the side, making 109 appearances across four seasons.
He was appointed as Caretaker Manager of the Argyle on September 19, 2011, following the departure of Peter Reid. He was appointed full-time manager at the end of October and despite a tumultuous financial state, he managed to save the side from relegation aged just 31.
In January 2014, Fletcher rejoined AFC Bournemouth as Under-18 Manager, leading the side to the regional EFL Youth Alliance Cup title before securing the national title.
He was promoted to Under-23 Manager in the summer of 2017 and has played a role in the development of the likes of Aaron Ramsdale, Mark Travers, and Jack Simpson, all of whom have received promotions to the first team.
Most recently, Fletcher has fulfilled the role of loan manager at the Premier League side, managing the Club’s loaned-out players including 57-cap striker Jermain Defoe’s temporary spell at Rangers. This position ensures that Fletcher has extensive knowledge of the English Football League and a substantial range of contacts within the British game.
During his time at the Cherries, Fletcher had the opportunity to develop in close quarters to former-teammate Eddie Howe, one of the most talented managers in the English game.