Leyton Orient have confirmed the termination of Kenny Jackett’s contract at Brisbane Road, as the 60-year-old managed to win just 12 of his 38 matches in charge of the club, seeing them sit in a lowly 18th place in League Two, just five points above the relegation zone.
Next Leyton Orient Manager Odds
Next Leyton Orient Manager Odds
Marc Bircham Odds: 5/1
Former Queens Park Rangers midfielder and coach Marc Bircham is firmly in the running for the vacant managerial role at Brisbane Road.
The 43-year-old has had a series of jobs since retiring from playing back in 2009, having coached at Loftus Road for five years between his retirement date and 2014, before opting to become an assistant manager at former club Millwall for one season in 2014/15, as well as Chicago Fire and Arizona State in the forthcoming years.
Between 2016 and 2018, Bircham made a return to QPR, this time plying his trade as a first-team coach and even became the technical director of the Bahamas.
The Wembley-born coaches' only managerial role came last year at League of Ireland Premier Division side Waterford, taking over the club whilst they were bottom of the league in May 2021. Bircham went on to win 13 and draw six of his 29 games in charge of the club and was harshly sacked ahead of their crucial relegation/promotion play-off match later that year.
Richie Wellens Odds: 6/1
Richie Wellens is also being considered for the role at Orient, with the 41-year-old being out of work and not requiring any compensation fee.
The 41-year-old was sacked by Doncaster Rovers back in early December, having won just six of his 26 matches in charge at the Keepmoat Stadium, seeing him have a 23% win rate as Donny sat 23rd in the table.
Prior to this, Wellens was also sacked as manager of Salford City in 2020/21 after 30 games in charge, winning 11 and drawing 10, although he did win the EFL Trophy as manager of the Ammies, due to the postponement of the 2019/20 season’s final.
Wellens is perhaps best known for his terrific performances as manager of Swindon Town, where he earned promotion with the Robins from League Two as champions in 2019/20.
Steve Evans Odds: 8/1
The final manager on this list is Steve Evans, who was recently dismissed as Gillingham's manager.
Evans, was recently sacked by the Gills in early January, leaving the Priesfield club in a perilous position in the relegation zone, having seen little improvement from his side since joining in June 2019.
The Glaswegian was previously manager of Peterborough between February 2018 and January 2019, winning 21 of his 52 matches in charge of the club before being replaced by Darren Ferguson at the helm.
Prior to his spell at Posh, Evans had earned seven promotions across his career, with his last two coming in charge of Rotherham United in 2012/13 and 2013/14, leading the Millers from League Two to the Championship in just two seasons, with his other promotions coming in spells as manager of Stamford, Boston United and Crawley Town.
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