Ling ‘would think’ about getting back into management

PUBLISHED: 15:30 03 June 2015

Martin Ling, Errol McKellar and Barry Hearn are all smiles ahead of the charity match for Prostate Cancer UK (pic: Sarah Lines/Prostate Cancer UK).

Martin Ling, Errol McKellar and Barry Hearn are all smiles ahead of the charity match for Prostate Cancer UK (pic: Sarah Lines/Prostate Cancer UK).


Former O’s player and manager discusses management return and the possibility of becoming Ian Hendon’s number two

Former Leyton Orient manager Martin Ling returned to Brisbane Road on Sunday for Errol McKellar’s charity match in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, but won’t be becoming Ian Hendon’s assistant manager.

He is, however, tempted to be a manager again but insisted it isn’t something he needs to do.

Former O’s captain Hendon was appointed as head coach last week and has an idea about who he would like to become his number two at the club.

That person hasn’t yet be revealed but when asked about whether he would be interested, Ling admitted it would be impossible.

“No becoming assistant wouldn’t interest me and not because I wouldn’t want to come back but because I wouldn’t want to come back to any club and be an assistant manager,” said the 48-year-old, who guided Orient to their first automatic promotion in 36 years during the 2005/06 season.

“I am very set-up with what I am doing at the moment and if the offer to become manager someone else other than Orient come along I would think about it.

“But it would be very hard for Ian and for me to become assistant manager when I managed here for five and a half years, it would be an impossible one.”

Ling has managed Cambridge United and Torquay United since leaving O’s in 2009 and would consider taking the top job somewhere else if it was right for him.

For the time being though, he is happy with his coaching role at Premier League Tottenham Hotspur as well as other jobs.

Ling added: “I am very well set-up in terms of working for Radio London, I work full time for Tottenham, I have my own coaching company and I consult for an agency so I don’t really need to go back into football management.

“My head tells me ‘no I don’t want to get back into managing’ but my heart says ‘I would if the right opportunity comes along’ so I am not anchoring after it.

“If somebody approached me about being a manager again then I would answer that question when it is asked.”

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