Leyton Orient Appoint Former Claret

Steve Davis Appointed Leyton Orient Manager

National League Leyton Orient have appointed former Clarets centre-half Steve Davis as their new manager on a two-year contract.  Davis will work alongside assistant coach Ross Embleton as they bid for an immediate return to the English Football League.

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Davis, who played as a centre-back during his playing career which spanned over twenty years, arrives with a wealth of managerial experience from spells at Northwich Victoria, Nantwich Town and Crewe Alexandra.  He took his first steps into management in 2003 with a brief spell as player manager at Northwich Victoria, but it was at Nantwich Town that his managerial career flourished.

A year later, Davis led the Club to one of their most successful eras guiding the Dabbers to two promotions in three seasons as well as lifting the FA Vase at Wembley.  After five impressive years at the Weaver Stadium, Davis made the step up to the Football League when he returned to his former Club Crewe Alexandra when he was appointed Assistant Manager in May 2009.

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During his spell as Assistant Manager Davis worked under Gudjon Thordarson and Dario Gradi before being handed the managerial reigns in November 2011.  Having made the step up to the role, Davis went on to enjoy immediate success at Gresty Road by defying the odds to guide Crewe Alexandra to promotion from League Two, with a 2-0 victory over Cheltenham Town in the Play-Off Final at Wembley.

During his time with the Railwaymen, Davis helped develop a number of the Club’s young talents, a year after guiding Crewe to promotion went on to experience further success at Wembley with a 2-0 victory against Southend United to lift the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.  He went on to manage a total of 272 games at Crewe Alexandra before departing the Club in January 2017.

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