Leyton Orient have appointed Jobi McAnuff as interim manager after sacking Ross Embleton.
Orient parted company with Embleton after Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat against Tranmere Rovers left them in 14th place in League Two, eight points off the play-off places.
McAnuff, 39, had a player-coach role under Embleton. The midfielder has made over 150 appearances for Orient and has played 33 times this season.
Orient chairman Nigel Travis said: “Jobi is a natural leader and someone we feel has got what it takes to make a top-class manager.
“As a club we feel that the play-offs are still within reach for this season and we have made that clear to Jobi, who understands and agrees with us that it should remain our focus and target.
“His appointment gives us a degree of continuity but also a fresh approach for the final third of the season.”
McAnuff will work with existing coaches Danny Senda, Dean Brill and Matt Harrold.
His first game in charge will be when Orient play bottom side Grimsby Town on Tuesday.