Nolan set to be Orient player-boss

League Two side Leyton Orient have appointed former West Ham midfielder Kevin Nolan as player-manager.

The 33-year-old has been a free agent since

leaving the Hammers in August

but has spent time training with the O’s.

Orient have been without a boss since head coach Ian Hendon was dismissed on Monday following a run of four wins in 21 league games.

Nolan, who began his career at Bolton, becomes the second-youngest manager in the Football League.

Orient were relegated from League One last season and started the new campaign well under Hendon, who took charge after they suffered the drop in May.

They were top of the table after winning their first five games of the season but have since slipped to 11th, two points off the play-off places, leading to O’s president Francesco Becchetti to dismiss Hendon.

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