Interim Leyton Orient manager Ross Embleton has announced his decision to step down from the role, retaking his previous position as the club’s assistant coach.
Embleton took the role on at the start of the season in difficult circumstances, as the club tried to come to terms with the tragic, unexpected death of previous manager Justin Edinburgh, who had just guided the O’s to promotion back to the Football League.
Edinburgh was a very popular figure throughout football and was held in high regard by the Orient players. His passing had a huge impact on the club and his assistant Embleton told the BBC he “felt it was the right thing for me to step forward and take responsibility” in terms of preparing a side to begin the Sky Bet League Two season.
Under Embleton, Leyton Orient have picked up two wins from their opening 10 games, sitting 21st in the early League Two standings. However, it was never Embleton’s intention to stay on permanently, mentioning his tenure in charge was “on the terms of trying to find some stability for the football club.”
All at the club believe they are now in a strong enough position to look for Justin Edinburgh’s long term successor, and while Embleton will remain in charge until an appointment is made, the former non-league player will then once again take up the assisstant’s role.
Ross Embleton stood up and took responsibility during an incredibly tough period for Leyton Orient Football Club. Though everyone at the club clearly believes the time is right for a change, they are indebted to Embleton for stepping up in their time of need.