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Andy Hessenthaler handed manager role at Leyton Orient after Kevin Nolan removed from coaching duties

By Luke Cawdell

Andy Hessenthaler has been put in temporary charge at Leyton Orient.

The former Gills player, manager, assistant and director, has been with Orient since the start of the season.

He initially quit his no.2 role at the Gills to take on the assistant role at Leyton Orient under Ian Hendon.

Andy Hessenthaler has rounded up Gills legends for the benefit match
Andy Hessenthaler has rounded up Gills legends for the benefit match

Hendon was sacked in January, with Hessenthaler then placed in caretaker charge at Orient before former West Ham player Kevin Nolan was appointed as player boss.

Orient lost to Martin Allen’s Barnet last Saturday, 3-0, leaving the East London side two points outside the play-offs.

Nolan was stripped of coaching responsibilities on Tuesday, relegating him to just a playing position, leaving Hessenthaler once again in charge.

Hessenthaler is the seventh different man to take charge of the club since Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti took over at Brisbane Road in 2014.

Becchetti was handed a £40,000 fine and a six-match stadium ban earlier this season after a confrontation with Hessenthaler which saw the Italian aim a kick at the Gills legend. It was an incident that Hessenthaler cited as “banter”.

Orient were relegated from League 1 last season.

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