Ian Hendon’s next job after Leyton Orient must be ‘right’

Ian Hendon celebrates after Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson finds the net against AFC Wimbledon (p

Ian Hendon celebrates after Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson finds the net against AFC Wimbledon (pic: Simon O'Connor). - Credit: Archant

Former Brisbane Road captain discusses the future and praises ex-West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce

Ex-Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon admits he is waiting for the right job now after a five-month break from management.

The 44-year-old left Brisbane Road on January 18 two days after a 3-1 loss to Exeter City two days in League Two.

It was his first managerial role in the Football League since 2010 when he was the boss of Barnet for over a year.

He has recently been linked with the Notts County job, but admits he needs to pick his next role wisely after his time with the O’s.


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The former Orient captain has previously been an assistant and first team coach, but management is something he’s keen to get back into.

Hendon said: “I’ve been out watching a lot of football and obviously there are jobs available, but after the last one the next one has to be right.

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“I don’t want to go into that situation again with what I’ve just been though with the promises and stuff and then it doesn’t come to fruition. I don’t want to go through that again, it’s not a way to be a manager of a football club in my opinion.

“Obviously I’ve had a couple of little spells as a manager and it is something long-term that I do want to do.

“I believe I will be successful with that if I have the right backing and I’m in the right situation, but if it is a coaching role that comes up I’m comfortable with that.”

Hendon was a coach at West Ham for numerous years alongside good friend Sam Allardyce before both went on to pastures new last summer.

Allardyce was out of work for a few months before taking over Premier League Sunderland and guided them to safety against the odds.

The ex-Orient head coach was thrilled to see the Black Cats survive, adding: “I talk to Sam on pretty much a weekly basis and I’m delighted for him.

“I spoke to him before the Everton game and afterwards. I’m really pleased and I did say when he went in that I was sure he’d keep them up and he did it with a game to spare.

“He’s done a fantastic job and that is Sam, he’s organised and doesn’t always play the prettiest of football, but at the end of the day it’s a results business. The plan was for him to go in there and keep them up and that’s what he has managed.”

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