It’s not been a good few days for Leyton Orient. Firstly their owner, Francesco Becchetti, was given a 6 match stadium ban for violent disorder (kicking Assistant Manager Andy Hessenthaler after their Boxing Day win over Portsmouth), the team then failed to deliver a performance in their League 2 match against Exeter City, then they sack their manager.
Their manager Ian Hendon described the Orient performance, after losing 3-1 at Brisbane Road to Exeter City, as follows:-
I keep saying it. I’m disappointed and frustrated. We put a team out there to go and win a game of football as we always do and we fell short today.
We started brightly and got in front and defensively we were shocking. We defended like schoolboys there. The three goals we’ve just seen them and you’ll have to ask the boys to explain what they’re doing when the balls are going in the box.
By the end of the evening he was out of a job, sacked by Leyton Orient.
Orient confirmed his dismissal this morning saying:-
The Club can confirm that Ian Hendon has been relieved of his role as Head Coach of Leyton Orient.
The Club would like to thank Ian for his commitment and passion during his time at Leyton Orient and would like to wish him the best in his future endeavours.
Assistant Manager Andy Hessenthaler will be assuming Ian’s duties on an interim basis as Caretaker Manager. Leyton Orient will make an announcement at such time as a new appointment is made.
The coaching and management team will continue to focus on realising the full potential of the team and will be working intensively to enhance the Club’s performance and position in the League.