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Orient chairman would “recommend” sacked Carl Fletcher

Leyton Orient chairman Nigel Travis says he would he recommend Carl Fletcher as a manager, despite sacking him after just 29 days.

Fletcher was dismissed after failing to win any of his five matches, with the brevity of his tenure raising eyebrows.

Travis, the businessman who wrote a book called The Challenge Culture on the subject of leadership, took to talkSPORT to explain the ruthless decision and said Fletcher’s technical expertise was not in question.

“The cultural fit wasn’t right. We don’t blame Carl, we kind of blame ourselves,” he told the radio station.

“It’s kind of embarrassing for me having written a book on culture, having failed to see it. We’d recommend Carl, he did some terrific things on the training field, it just didn’t fit.”

Whether the former Plymouth boss includes Travis as a reference on his next CV remains to be seen, but may be unlikely given the rest of his assessment.

“It’s gone spectacularly wrong and we recognise that,” said Travis.

“The thing that didn’t work was the engagement with the community, with the players, with the club, the fans. We could see people weren’t enjoying themselves, we decided rather than let this go on – to be fair to Carl and fair to us – we had to make a change.”