Leyton Orient appoint Andy Hessenthaler as permanent manager
PUBLISHED: 20:04 03 June 2016 | UPDATED: 20:04 03 June 2016
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Brisbane Road club confirm 50-year-old will take charge of first team and has signed deal to remain until end of the 2016/17 season
Leyton Orient have confirmed this evening Andy Hessenthaler is the new permanent manager of the League Two club.
He has agreed a one-year deal with the option of an extension after going through an interview process with president Francesco Becchetti.
A statement on the official club website read: “The President Francesco Becchetti is pleased to confirm that Andy Hessenthaler has signed a one-year contract to become the club’s new manager.
“Following an interview process conducted directly by the chairman, the club are confident they have the right man for the job and believe Andy’s expertise, spirit and passion made him the stand-out candidate for the position.
“Hessenthaler, who was previously assistant manager to both Ian Hendon and Kevin Nolan over the course of the season, was handed the caretaker position for the final five games of the 2015-16 League Two campaign, and will now take over as manager on a permanent basis after agreeing a one-year deal, with an option of an extension.”
The 50-year-old was asked to take caretaker charge of the club in April with Kevin Nolan demoted to just a playing role.
He won his first game in charge against Dagenham & Redbridge on April 16, but lost his next two at home to Plymouth Argyle and away to AFC Wimbledon.
It meant O’s could no longer reach the play-offs, but they ended the campaign with back-to-back 1-0 wins against Mansfield Town and Yeovil Town.
After the final match of the season, Hessenthaler admitted he was unsure whether he would want to take the Orient job on a permanent basis.
But nearly a month on he has changed his mind and will now lead the east Londoners in League Two for the 2016/17 campaign.
It is his first permanent managerial role since he was in charge of Gillingham between 2010 and 2012, although he was also caretaker at the Kent club during the 2014/15 season.
Even though Hessenthaler has only been officially appointed now, he was tasked with planning the O’s pre-season anyway and they already have four friendlies announced.
While not every Orient fan will be behind the decision, they will all be pleased to know who will be in charge of the club for the new campaign.
Hessenthaler’s knowledge of English football is exceptional and he’ll believe he can bring success to Brisbane Road in the future.
What happens to previous boss Nolan remains unanswered however, although it is believed he has played his last game for the club.