Orient duo win Sky Bet award
PUBLISHED: 06:01 04 September 2015
Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon named manager of the month for August and Dean Cox wins player of the month award
Leyton Orient duo Ian Hendon and Dean Cox are celebrating after being named Sky Bet League Two manager and player of the month respectively for August.
The O’s head coach has enjoyed a fantastic start to managerial life in east London and opened the campaign with five matches in a row.
After winning the gong, Hendon was typically modest and called for his players to remain focused.
He said: “I am delighted to pick up this award, but really it is an award for the team and we wouldn’t have achieved this without the hard work of everyone at the club. Everyone is on board and the support we have received is fantastic.
“While we are fully aware of the good start we have made, it is only a start and we are five games into a 46-game season. It is now my job to try and maintain that good start over the course of the campaign.”
George Burley, who chairs the Sky Bet manager of the month judging panel, said: “Ian has the only 100% record in the Sky Bet Football League.
“Winning all five games and having a 13/3 goal difference is an incredible performance from Leyton Orient.”
While Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman added: “Ian has undoubtedly taken control of a squad with a great deal of talent, but being able to turn that into results isn’t always the easiest task, as Fabio Liverani found last year.
“With a 100% record so far, Orient fans will be hoping that they can banish memories of last season and return to Sky Bet League 1 at the first attempt.”
It was a double celebration for the O’s as Cox picked up the player of the month award following a scintillating start to the campaign.
He has scored twice and registered a number of assists to help Hendon’s side move to the top of the table.
The Orient head coach added: “I am really pleased that Dean has picked up this award. He plays a vital role in our team with his goals and the chances he has created for his team-mates.
“He has produced some fine performances throughout the month and it is great for both the club and the team to have won both awards for the month.”
Goodman went on to add: “Dean Cox has reinvigorated this Leyton Orient side and looks dangerous every time he touches the ball.
“Adding two goals to four brilliant assists, he has been at the heart of all of Orient’s creativity and Ian Hendon will know it is key to keep him in this form for Orient’s 100% record to continue.”
Although the pair will be happy with their awards, they’ll both be determined to pick up another three points at Exeter City tomorrow (Saturday).