IAN HENDON FACTFILE
Born: Ilford, 1971 (Age 43)
Playing Career: A centre-half or right-back, Hendon came through the ranks at Spurs, making four appearances and going on loan to Portsmouth and Barnsley before joining Leyton Orient for £50,000 in 1993.
After five years at Brisbane Road, Hendon joined Notts County for £50,000 in 1997, suffering almost immediate relegation before captaining the Magpies to the Third Division title in 1998.
Having scored six goals in 97 games for County, Hendon then played 66 times for Northampton, winning promotion to Division Two in 1999. A three-year spell at Sheffield Wednesday (53 games, two goals) ended with relegation from the Championship in 2003 and, after a brief spell at Peterborough, Hendon joined Barnet.
He made 154 appearances for the Bees, scoring 19 goals and winning promotion from the Conference in 2005, before retiring through injury in 2008, aged 37.
Managerial Career: Named coach and then assistant to Paul Fairclough at Barnet, Hendon was named manager on Boxing Day 2008 and helped the club survive relegation. However, despite a flying start to the 200910 season, a poor run saw him sacked in April 2010. Having initially agreed to take charge of Non-League Dover Athletic, Hendon quit before a single game had been played to become assistant to Andy Hessenthaler – the man he’d replaced on the south coast – at Gillingham. He performed this role until July 2011, when he was lured away to become development coach at West Ham, later winning a promotion to first team coach. Released when Allardyce left in May 2015, he was named Orient manager the same month.