Longtime Premier Leaguer Nolan takes player-manager role in League Two


Ever see a manager flap his arms like a chicken?

Ever see one do it after scoring a goal?

[ MORE: USMNT’s Gooch goes on loan to League One side ]

Those are questions to which you may respond, “Yes”, in short order, as Leyton Orient has signed former Newcastle, West Ham and Bolton captain Kevin Nolan as player-manager.

It’s a two-and-a-half year deal for Nolan, who will guide the O’s in League Two. Orient is in 11th place, five points off the promotion playoff.

From leytonorient.com:

Kevin brings with him invaluable expertise and know how, with 17 years’ experience in high level football. A number of strong candidates were interviewed by the Chairman, but Kevin’s hunger, desire and passion to succeed at Leyton Orient, coupled with his experience, were key in the decision process and the Club believe they have the man to take Leyton Orient forward and improve the Club’s position.

Nolan is a physical player with strong leadership skills, and any drop-off in skill level will be mitigated by his three-tier drop in level of play.

Orient was relegated from League One last season, and Nolan takes over a club with Jamaican national teamer Jobi McAnuff and a fellow ex-Hammer in striker