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PUBLISHED: 10:55 29 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:55 29 June 2015

Gillingham assistant manager Ian Hendon (left) and manager Andy Hessenthaler (right) on the touchline (pic: Mike Egerton/EMPICS).

Gillingham assistant manager Ian Hendon (left) and manager Andy Hessenthaler (right) on the touchline (pic: Mike Egerton/EMPICS).

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Orient head coach links up with former team mate and friend Andy Hessenthaler

Andy Hessenthaler on the touchline during his spell in charge of Gillingham (pic: Mike Egerton/EMPICS).Andy Hessenthaler on the touchline during his spell in charge of Gillingham (pic: Mike Egerton/EMPICS).

Leyton Orient have confirmed Andy Hessenthaler will be head coach Ian Hendon’s assistant manager at the club after signing a two-year deal.

The 49-year-old was assistant manager at League One outfit Gillingham last season but has decided to join Hendon at Brisbane Road alongside Kevin Nugent.

It means the pair will be reunited once again after several previous times together, starting when they played at Barnet.

Hessenthaler also recommended Hendon to Dover Athletic in the summer of 2010 after he left the Conference club to take over at Gillingham.

In a strange sequence of events however, Hendon would leave Dover as manager after a short spell to become Hessenthaler’s number two at Gillingham.

A year later Hendon would depart Gills to become West Ham development coach but the pair will be together once more at Brisbane Road and will take charge of pre-season training, which starts tomorrow.

“I am delighted to have someone with Andy’s experience and knowledge by my side,” O’s head coach told the official club website.

“I have worked with him and he is a very good coach. I also played alongside Andy in the same team and know what attributes he will bring to the club.

“Andy will work alongside Kevin Nugent, who remains very much part of my coaching team.”


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