Date: 8th October 2006 at 12:47pm
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Martin Ling will not have been impressed with the circulating rumours that his job is on the line following Orient`s wretched fun of form. The O`s have failed to win since August 12 having lost 8 and drawn three of their last eleven games. Orient also have the worst defensive record in the entire league and recorded just their second clean sheet of the season yesterday against Chesterfield.

According to the News of The World and The Observer, former England striker and West Ham player Teddy Sheringham is being lined up to take over the reigns at Brisbane Road. It sounds rather difficult to believe as Martin Ling has been hailed as terrific young manager in many quarters and having led the O`s to promotion last season looked like he had a job at Brisbane Road for as long as he wanted. However, recent results have seen Orient drop to 23rd in the table and already 4 points adrift from safety.

Sheringham has no managerial experience whatsoever, but with the arrival of Carlos Tevez and Carlton Cole, the former Spurs man has dropped down the pecking order. Sheringham who is 39 and hails from Highams Park scored 11 times for his country in 51 appearances whilst also winning the Treble with the Manchester United side of 1999.

The rumour is probably just that, a rumour. Martin Ling may not have had a successful start to the season but having got the O`s out of League Two, the current Orient manager deserves the chance to rectify the situation. However, rumours such as these will keep Ling on his toes as Orient try to end their barren run.