AFC Bournemouth loan manager Carl Fletcher has departed Dean Court to take over the role as first-team manager at Leyton Orient.
11 months ago, the Cherries created the role of loan manager with the former AFC Bournemouth captain taking the role after previously being in charge of the Under 23’s.
The new role involved liaising with the various departments at each player’s loan club, including coaching, medical, sports science and analysis, to ensure a smooth transition and a successful loan spell for the player’s development.
Whilst clearly an invaluable position within AFC Bournemouth to help the development of our players gaining experience at other clubs, it also proved a valuable role in aiding Carl Fletcher to develop his skills before moving back into full-time management, as confirmed by Eddie Howe.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told afcb.co.uk…
“I always knew that being a manager again was something Carl wanted to do, He has had some great experiences here, from taking the under-18s, the development squad and becoming our loan manager, to stepping up and coaching with the first team at times.
“He will have gone through things that really open your eyes in so many different ways, including the overall job of managing people. If you have an understanding of the roles of everyone then it’s going to ultimately make you a better person.
“I try and encourage my staff to develop themselves to be the best they can be in their respective roles.
“Then, if an opportunity comes up that they wish to pursue, as a club we never stand in anybody’s way and are always very open to people exploring the next steps of their respective careers.
“We wish Carl all the best and hope he has every success at Leyton Orient.”
This is Carl Fletcher’s first step back into management since New Years Day 2013 when he left Plymouth Argyle after 70 games in charge.
— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc) October 17, 2019
If he does extremely well then who knows, maybe he’ll be coming back one day as Howe’s replacement when Eddie Howe decides to move on. At the very least, it’s a great option for us to send loan players to so we should benefit from it as well. We know we can trust him with them.
Good luck to him. I hope he’s a huge success there. – Join the conversation, click here.