Former Leyton Orient player and manager Martin Ling has returned to the Vanarama National League club as their new Director of Football.

The appointment is the first significant move by new chairman Nigel Travis, after his consortium completed a takeover of the club on Thursday afternoon.

In a playing spell spanning seventeen years, Ling made nearly one hundred and fifty appearance for Orient between 1996 and 2000.

And the former Swindon Town midfielder kicked off his managerial career with the club when he was appointed in 2003 after a short spell as caretaker manager.

Ling spent six years in the Brisbane Road dugout and led the club to promotion into League One on the final day of the 2005/06 season.

His reign ended in January 2009, with the club in the League One relegation zone.

He went on to manage Cambridge United and Torquay United before a short stay as manager of former club Swindon Town.

That lasted just eight weeks, before Ling resigned due to health reasons.

New Orient chairman Travis was “delighted” by Ling’s appointment.

Speaking to the club’s website he said “I am delighted to announce that Martin Ling, who eleven years ago led the Club to League One, has accepted the position as the Club’s Director of Football.”

“Martin’s immediate goals are to develop the squad for next season and appoint a first team coach.

“His deep ties to the Club will help him build on Leyton Orient’s heritage of developing strong young talent through its academy,”

“Longer-term, along with the new management team, Martin is committed to return Leyton Orient to its winning days.”

Orient also announced that they will be looking to appoint an “experienced” Chief Executive to work alongside Ling.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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