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