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Report names the final three candidates battling to become next Leyton Orient manager

A report names the final three candidates battling to become next Leyton Orient manager with the Brisbane Road vacancy up for grabs.

The O’s have reportedly narrowed it down as they look to bring in a new manager to take them forward.

The club’s ownership have openly revealed they want promotion from League Two in the 2021-22 season.

But the search for a new manager is ongoing as they look to rebuild and start a new era.

Experienced manager Kenny Jackett, Colin Calderwood and Paul Tisdale are allegedly the final after undergoing the interview process, states Newham Recorder.

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When it comes to EFL credentials it’s difficult to find a more experienced and successful available manager than Kenny Jackett.

Jackett guided both Millwall and Wolves into the Championship, and reached the League One play-offs with Swansea and Portsmouth.

He won the EFL Trophy and half of his matches at Pompey, but was sacked in March following an EFL Trophy final defeat to League Two Salford.

It had previously been reported that Leyton Orient may face a tough task in bringing Jackett in to League Two, with the 59-year-old looking around for his new club.

Jackett said: ‘It has been pretty hectic and there has been a lot to sort out but, obviously, I’m looking forward to the next challenge.

‘The opportunity is there to make sure your knowledge is absolutely spot on because you need to know the players and each division.

‘My own knowledge of League One is obviously very good because I’ve been working in it recently.

‘But, similarly, if you go lower and to other divisions, like Ireland and Scotland, it is an opportunity to look right around and make sure when you do step on again, that your knowledge is very good.

‘If the next opportunity is what I am looking for then I’m eager to take it.’


The former Cambridge United and Nottingham Forest was linked with the Orient job a few times in the past and is apparently still heavily in contention. He is currently the assistant head coach at Blackpool.

The Scottish professional manager and former footballer played as a centre-back long ago.

Calderwood made over 150 league appearances for Swindon and Tottenham. He was a regular player for the Scotland national team during the late 1990s, appearing in two major tournaments. Calderwood retired as a player in 2001.

Calderwood became manager of Northampton in 2003, guiding the club to promotion in 2006. He then became manager of Nottingham Forest, helping the club win promotion in 2008. Calderwood was sacked by Forest in December 2008 and then moved to Newcastle, working as first team coach. After a year with the club, Calderwood became Hibs boss, but he was sacked after just over a year in that job.

He was associated with Chris Hughton for a few years, working as his assistant manager at Newcastle, Birmingham, Norwich and Brighton. After a spell as assistant manager at Aston Villa, Calderwood managed Cambridge United. He left the team 18th in League Two in January 2020.

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The 48-year-old was a huge success at both Exeter City and Milton Keynes Dons but did end up struggling with Bristol Rovers which led to his sacking.

Paul Tisdale was also previously with Milton Keynes Dons, but a poor start to the 2019–20 season saw him achieve only one point from a possible 27 – the worst run of results in the club’s short history – leading to Tisdale’s sacking on the 2nd of November 2019 following a 1–3 home defeat to Tranmere Rovers.

He lead MK to automatic promotion back to League One at the first attempt in the 2018/19 season by achieving a third-place finish.

Previous to that, he was manager at Exeter City, but after many failed attempts to take them up in recent seasons, he left after twelve years at the club. At the time of his departure, Tisdale was the longest-serving manager in English football’s top four divisions.

He then helped guide Colchester United to safety in the fourth tier of English football in an advisory type role for manager Hayden Mullins.

His other honours include:

Western Football League First Division: 2000–01 (Team Bath)
Western Football League Premier Division: 2002–03 (Team Bath)
Conference Premier play-offs: 2008 (Exeter City)
League Two runners-up: 2008–09 (Exeter City)

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As a report names the final three candidates battling to become next Leyton Orient manager, fans reacted…

@DanAuton2590: If Calderwood gets this job I’ll riot, get my season card money back, then riot again for good measure, the final straw for Ling and the Old Pals Act. #lofc

@rob_baumback: No chance of it being Calderwood ling and the board wouldn’t have the bottle

@DanAuton2590: I refuse to believe it, they couldn’t possibly be that daft. #lofc

@gold931: His in the final 3 surely that would tell you something why even consider him

@PaulRavens39: If it’s Calderwood then the club won’t have my support until both he and Ling have left the club. His appointment would be an absolute joke and would cement the fact that Ling only wants to hire his mates because they’ll do what he says #lofc

@BillyCarrollGB: Has to be Tisdale out of the remaining 3

@PaulRavens39: Tisdale would be my preference. I like his style of football, as well as his style of dressing. Younger than Jackett as well which should be a selling point. But as long as it’s not Calderwood then I don’t mind.

@joe99231660: @leytonorientfc announce jackett #lofc

@mollyfolly2019: Jackett or Tisdale will be great appts. The majority of fans will be delighted with either & will be excited for the coming season. Calderwood would be a disastrous appt which will impact season card & shirt sales. Simple!

@Orient_Ed on Jackett: Seems like both parties are keen to work something out. Really hope we get it worked out! In King Kenny we trust!

@LesLk52 on Jackett: Does that suggest they originally broke down?

@nickclarkayles on Jackett: Sounds like it. ££££ or contact length?

@Essexbizz on Jackett: Go get him!

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