Leyton Orient have announced former Crewe manager Steve Davis as their new head coach, succeeding Omer Riza as the O's begin their first season outside the Football League since 1905.

Following relegation from League 2 in May Riza had thrown his hat in the ring to remain in the top job, but new owner Nigel Travers has plumped for the experience of 51-year-old Davis to lead the O's in the National League.

Davis has a reputation for bringing through youth from his time with the Railwaymen which, with the relative youth of the Orient squad, could prove useful in the coming season.

Six years in charge at Gresty Road ended when the 51-year-old was fired in January, but in his first season in charge of the club he guided them to victory in the League 2 play-offs.

A year later, a Football League Trophy triumph followed, and he kept the club in the third tier for the following four years.

Young players including Max Clayton, Mathias Pogba and Nick Powell were sold on to a higher level during his time in charge in the North West.