CARL Fletcher described as “really disappointing” his departure as Leyton Orient boss - which came just 29 days after he got the job.

The 39-year-old left his role as loan manager at Cherries to take up the managerial post with the League Two outfit back in October.

But a poor run of form, culminating in a humiliating FA Cup exit at home against non-league minnows Maldon & Tiptree of the eighth tier, meant Fletcher was dismissed by the O's.

Orient chairman Nigel Travis appeared on talkSPORT, stating the “cultural fit wasn’t right” following Fletcher’s sacking.

The former Wales international won none of his five games in charge of Orient.

Speaking for the first time since his departure, Fletcher told talkSPORT: “I know the average (time period) for a lower league manager is about eight months, which is a short period anyway, but for it to end so quickly after such a long interview process was a big shock and really disappointing.

“It was tough. It was something I didn’t see coming and it was tough to deal with. The next few weeks after were really difficult because so many things go through your head and you look for answers and sometimes there aren’t any because there’s just not an opportunity to do certain things.

“I was very lucky that I had my family and some really good friends around me to get through that really difficult period.”

Fletcher, who had previously been in charge of Plymouth Argyle between 2011 and 2013, admits his latest experience left him unclear whether he would return to first-team management.

“In terms of work wise, I’m not too sure,” he added.

“It’s made me more disappointed in people. It’s made me more wary of people.

“You have to look at yourself and see the kind of people you look at and (consider) the kind of things you’re looking for if you’re going to trust someone going forward.

“I’ll try and use it for the benefit of myself to help me grow and what I look to do (going forward) and pass the message on to my kids and my family.”

Cherries boss Eddie Howe on Friday told the Daily Echo there had been “no update” on Fletcher’s previous position of loan manager at Vitality Stadium.