After a dramatic and ultimately heartbreaking summer at Leyton Orient, the club will have been looking forward to pushing onwards and upwards in the Football League in memory of Justin Edinburgh.
And with 17 matches played in the fourth tier they sit in 16th place, seven points clear of the drop and seven behind the race for the play-offs.
However, on Thursday they made the shock decision to sack manager Carl Fletcher, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke, just one month into his run in the dug-out, leaving the club with a big hole to fill once again.
With that in mind, here are THREE managers the club simply must consider…
The Bromley boss is currently setting out to mirror the achievements of Orient last season and currently has his side sat top of the National League.
It would be a bit of a gamble bringing somebody in mid-season with relatively little experience of managing in the Football League, but it could be a low cost and refreshing option for them.
Another benefit would be Smith’s track record. He took over as manager of Bromley in 2016 and has managed to grow them into the promotion challengers they are today.
That sort of stability and steady progress is something that will surely appeal to a club like Orient who have had so much off-field drama in recent seasons.
This might be an inspired choice.
McAnuff is obviously well-liked at the club and is ingrained in the modern history of the O’s, he’s a player but is also working to be a coach and this could be the moment where he gets his first big gig.
He’ll know the players and what works with them, as well as knowing the set-up of the club and has that connection with supporters – he ticks a lot of initial boxes.
Powell is a galvanising figure and although it has been a while since he has seen much success, I think this would be a real coup for Orient.
He is experienced in managing teams who are up against it, especially at Southend, and also knows London well given his success with Charlton Athletic in the past – so it is certainly a move that he could be tempted by.
Bringing him in would almost certainly bring an instant change in fortunes for the O’s and their situation is one that would certainly be appealing to him as well.
It will ultimately come down to the sort of figure the board want in the dugout next, and if they want an option who comes with a relatively low level of risk, then Powell could well be their man.