Leyton Orient have appointed former Plymouth Argyle boss Carl Fletcher as their new head coach.

The 39-year-old joins the O's on a contract until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Fletcher becomes the club's permanent successor to Justin Edinburgh since his death in June.

Ross Embleton, who will return to his previous role of assistant head coach, oversaw the first two months of Orient's return to the Football League in an interim capacity.

He guided the club to 17th in the table during his 13 league games in charge, winning four and drawing four.

Fletcher joins from Premier League club Bournemouth, where he was a loan manager and previously coached the under-23 side.

He also held a player/manager role at Plymouth between 2011-2013 during a difficult financial time for the club. Despite this, he kept the Pilgrims in League Two at just 31-years-old.

Orient director of football Martin Ling told the club website: "The board went through the interview process with Carl and he kept coming out on top. He has leadership skills, which he obviously had as a captain of many teams he was at, including his country.

"Everything that we are looking for, he ticked every box."

Chairman Nigel Travis added: "I want to thank Ross Embleton for the outstanding job he has done filling the gap during the last several months. He has handled the circumstances with sensitivity and a skill that very few could match. 

"Furthermore, we'd like to thank Danny Webb and Jobi McAnuff for their contributions at a very difficult time following Justin's passing."