IAN HEN­DON FACT­FILE

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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.

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