Leyton Orient relieve Andy Hessenthaler of his role as first team manager

PUBLISHED: 14:09 26 September 2016 | UPDATED: 14:09 26 September 2016

Andy Hessenthaler (left) has left Leyton Orient and Andy Edwards has taken charge on an interim basis (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Andy Hessenthaler (left) has left Leyton Orient and Andy Edwards has taken charge on an interim basis (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Andy Edwards will assume first team manager duties and take charge of tomorrow’s clash with Plymouth Argyle

Leyton Orient have confirmed the departure of Andy Hessenthaler in a statement released this afternoon.

The League Two club revealed the 51-year-old has left after only taking charge on a permanent basis on June 3.

A statement read: “The club can confirm that Andy Hessenthaler has been relieved of his role as first team manager.

“We would like to thank Andy for his service to Leyton Orient since arriving in July 2015 and wish him well in his future career.

“Assistant manager Andy Edwards will be assuming Hessenthaler’s duties on an interim basis and will take charge of the team for tomorrow night’s Sky Bet League Two home game with Plymouth Argyle.”

Edwards is the eighth person to take charge of Orient since Francesco Becchetti purchased the club from Barry Hearn in the summer of 2014.

A poor start to the new campaign, where O’s have lost five of their 11 matches in all competitions, has resulted in Hessenthaler becoming the latest person to lose his job.

Most supporters will be happy to see the back of ex-Gillingham boss with Orient’s style of football this season often criticised.

But whether Edwards remains in charge in the long run or another person from the outside is appointed remains to be seen.

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