Search

Simpson urges Orient fans to back boss Hendon

PUBLISHED: 15:30 04 January 2016

Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson celebrates after netting a late equaliser against Stevenage (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson celebrates after netting a late equaliser against Stevenage (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Simon O'Connor Photography

League Two’s top goalscorer comes out in support of the O’s head coach after fans voiced their frustration at Stevenage

Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson (right) celebrates after scoring against Stevenage with Ollie Palmer (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson (right) celebrates after scoring against Stevenage with Ollie Palmer (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson admits it is disappointing to hear the fans calling for head coach Ian Hendon to lose his job.

The 27-year-old scored his 19th and 20th goals of the League Two campaign at Stevenage on Saturday to earn a 2-2 draw.

His second of the game at Broadhall Way came in stoppage time and earned the O’s a share of the spoils.

It failed to stop the away supporters chanting ‘Hendon out’ at the full time whistle, but the former Arsenal youngsters has backed his manager.

Simpson said: “It is quite disappointing when you get the fans calling for the manager’s head because I really enjoy playing for him.

“I know the boys enjoy coming to training and working with him and Andy Hessenthaler. I understand the fans frustration about the goals we are conceding, but it is something that we actually work on.

“I know they don’t see what we do in training every day, but I think they should get behind the gaffer.

“As we experienced last year it was very odd with Fabio Liverani involved and I promise you this season is a thousand times better than last year.”

This time last year the O’s were currently under their fourth manager of the campaign and unsurprisingly it ended with relegation.

Simpson believes Hendon came into a difficult job at Brisbane Road during the summer and feels he is doing better than most give him credit for.

League Two’s top goalscorer also insisted that the club can finish the campaign with success despite currently sitting outside the play-off positions.

“The gaffer has brought stability and I think it can be forgotten that during the summer we had a massive clear out,” added Simpson.

“We had a load of new staff come in and literally a new team and it takes time for things to gel. It was a tough job for the gaffer to come into and pick us up after last year.

“But I think he is doing a great job and I understand the frustration of the fans, but it would be much appreciated if they could get behind us and hopefully we can turn this around. It is still possible for us to finish the season on a high.”

Simpson’s stunning form has probably been the highlight of the campaign so far for the club, Hendon and the supporters.

The forward, who has spent time at Millwall, West Bromwich Albion, Queens Park Rangers, Hull City and Buriram United previously, explained why he has flourished this year.

He praised the impact Hendon has had on his game for allowing him to have freedom on the pitch.

“I think in patches over my career I have played in different positions. I have been a second striker or out on the wings,” said Simpson.

“But with the gaffer, he has let me go out on the pitch and play where I want to play - that allows me the freedom to get into good positions.”

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

42 minutes ago

London Lions 101 Cheshire 89

Yesterday, 19:36

Eskinazi ton puts defending champions in control

Yesterday, 17:53

The O’s 112-year stay in the Football League has come to an end after their relegation was confirmed this afternoon at Crewe Alexandra

The Hammers stop Lukaku at last but draw a blank themselves

Sky Bet League Two: Crewe Alexandra 3 Leyton Orient 0

Yesterday, 10:00

Tom Parkes returns following his three-match ban

Yesterday, 09:47

Lakeside Hammers 47 Kent Kings 43

Fri, 18:13

Opening batsmen hit centuries at Lord’s

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now