DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL
Director of Football
Date of birth
Former O's player and manager Martin Ling returned to E10 on June 24, 2017 when appointed Director of Football.
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.