Orient chief executive hopes club can learn from their mistakes
PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 May 2015
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After four managers in the 2014/15 campaign, O’s are looking for stability now Ian Hendon has been appointed as their new head coach
Leyton Orient chief executive Alessandro Angelieri has insisted the Brisbane Road club will learn from the mistakes they made last season and backed new head coach Ian Hendon to enjoy a great first season in charge.
The Italian sat next to the former O’s captain as he was unveiled to the media for the first time during a press conference at the stadium yesterday afternoon.
Angelieri discussed why the 43-year-old was appointed and how president Francesco Becchetti and others at the club understand they didn’t get every decision right during the 2014/15 campaign.
Orient had four different managers last season and were relegated to League Two after finishing 23rd in the table.
Two of their appointments were Italians with little or no knowledge of the English game, but Becchetti and Angelieri are hoping to learn from the experiences of last year.
“I read in a newspaper, I don’t remember which one, but it was an interview with Barry Hearn and Barry Hearn said it took him five years to learn the way of English football when he bought the club,” said Orient’s chief executive.
“If we have a bad season we are entitled to do our job as best as we can. Obviously this is a new job and a new experience for us.
“Everybody made some mistakes last season but now we have to change them mistakes and put them in the opposition way to increase our experience.
“Yes we need stability. The last 12 months have been an experience for us. We have made mistakes and we don’t want to make the same mistakes next season.
“We want to take a book and turn the page, we have a new page now - a white page with a little bit of experience that we have taken from last season and Ian is our writer!”
Angelieri went on to explain that Hendon’s enthusiasm impressed Orient’s hierarchy when they were interviewing various candidates for the role.
The Italian also insisted something else that gave the former West Ham first team coach the edge was his affiliation with the Brisbane Road club as a player.
Hendon was captain of the O’s in the 90s and made over a 100 appearances during a four-year stay in E10.
“The best quality in Ian is his approach. He was very interested in showing his qualities to have a great season with the club that he loves,” added Angelieri.
“He is a little different to all the other managers that we have spoken to before and interviewed because he loves the club.
“Ian played many years ago at Leyton Orient and this is the difference that the chairman has taken when choosing Ian over the others candidates.
“I don’t think it is a risk appointing him because he has experience at all the levels from League Two to the Premier League and he can help us, with his experience in the Premier League, to work better so for me he is a good choice for us.”