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Steven P Davis, better known as the first Steve Davis, is back in football as manager of National League Leyton Orient having been out of the game since January when he was sacked by Crewe Alexandra after over five years in charge at Gresty Road.

He’s taken on a role at a new look Leyton Orient, new in that they are in non-league football having been relegated from League Two last season and also new in terms of ownership with Nigel Travis having just purchased the club from previous owner Francesco Bechetti.

Previous manager, and it really has been difficult to keep up with managerial changes, Omer Riza was invited to re-apply for his job but he was ultimately unsuccessful with new director of football Steve Tilson opting for Davis.

Davis wasn’t at Burnley at the time of The Orient Game in 1987 but was very much part of the response to that game, one of the many signings brought in over the following months to help take Burnley forward. In almost four years at Burnley he made 147 league appearances, played at Wembley in the Sherpa Van Trophy Final and in the 1991 play-offs before making the move up two divisions to Barnsley.

He managed in non-league at both Northwich Victoria and Nantwich Town before returning to Crewe, from whom we signed him, to work as assistant manager to Dario Gradi and then Gudjon Thordarson before taking over as manager in November 2011. He led Crewe to promotion to League One but the club later suffered relegation and remain in League Two.

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