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Ian Michael Hendon (born 5 December 1971 in Ilford, Greater London) is an English former professional footballer, and most recently the first team manager at Leyton Orient.

Ian Hendon
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Personal information
Full name Ian Michael Hendon
Date of birth (1971-12-05) 5 December 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Ilford, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1981–1989 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993 Tottenham Hotspur 4 (0)
1992Portsmouth (loan) 4 (0)
1992Leyton Orient (loan) 6 (0)
1993Barnsley (loan) 6 (0)
1993–1997 Leyton Orient 131 (5)
1995Birmingham City (loan) 4 (0)
1997–1999 Notts County 82 (6)
1999–2000 Northampton Town 60 (3)
2000–2003 Sheffield Wednesday 49 (2)
2003Barnet (loan) 4 (1)
2003 Peterborough United 7 (1)
2003–2009 Barnet 139 (19)
Total 496 (37)
National team
1992–1993 England U21 7 (0)
Teams managed
2004 Barnet (joint caretaker)
2008–2010 Barnet
2010 Dover Athletic
2015–2016 Leyton Orient
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



A defender, primarily at right-back but sometimes in the centre or in midfield, he began his career with Tottenham Hotspur, winning the FA Youth Cup in 1990. He made his first-team debut in 1989, and made seven appearances for the club over the next four years, also representing England Under-21 seven times.

He had loan spells with Portsmouth, Leyton Orient and Barnsley before joining Orient on a permanent basis in August 1993. He spent three and a half years at Brisbane Road, with a brief loan spell at Birmingham City in 1995.

He later played for Notts County, Northampton Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Peterborough United before joining then Football Conference side Barnet in 2003, having been on loan there six months previously. He was briefly joint caretaker manager at Barnet with Danny Maddix between the departure of Martin Allen and the arrival of Paul Fairclough.

Joining up with his mentor Peter Shreeves, who has coached him at Tottenham and Sheffield Wednesday, he captained the club in their return to the Football League in his second season, and remained a key player for four years. At the end of the 2006–07 season, Hendon faced a dilemma. Initially, he was not offered a new playing contract by Barnet, but was given the chance to join Paul Fairclough's coaching staff. Nevertheless, he featured in the early fixtures of 2007–08, before dropping back as new players arrived. He remained registered as a player until the end of the 2008/09 season when he retired as a player to concentrate solely on management.[1]


Following Paul Fairclough's step-down after the 3–0 Boxing Day defeat to Aldershot Town, Hendon was asked to take over the side. Fairclough's last game was a 2–0 win at A.F.C Bournemouth, leaving the side with 19 points from their 23 league games. Performances improved under Hendon, and some adept loan signings including Paul Furlong, Matt Lockwood, Jake Cole and Yannick Bolasie helped to drag The Bees away from the relegation battle and to mathematical safety with four games to spare.

He declared his desire to take the job permanently[2] and was given the job on a 2-year deal in April 2009. The Bees started the 2009/10 season in superb form and were top of the league at one point, but Hendon was sacked on 28 April 2010[3] after a disastrous run of form left the Bees in serious relegation trouble. The last game of Hendon's reign was a 1–0 defeat to Accrington Stanley. On 28 May 2010, he was appointed the manager of Conference South side Dover Athletic, but just 18 days later quit the club to become assistant manager to his former Bees teammate Andy Hessenthaler at Gillingham. Hessenthaler had been his predecessor as Dover manager. In July 2011 he was appointed, by new manager Sam Allardyce, as development coach at West Ham United.[4] In December 2012, he was promoted to the role of first-team coach following the departure of Wally Downes.[5]

On 28 May 2015, it was announced Hendon would be returning to Brisbane Road as Leyton Orient's new manager, replacing Fabio Liverani following the club's relegation to League Two [6] Following a poor run of results, Hendon was sacked in January 2016.[7]


Managerial statisticsEdit

For Barnet (permanent spell) and Leyton Orient:[9]
As of 18 January 2016
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Barnet (joint caretaker) 23 March 2004 30 March 2004 1 0 1 0 000.0
Barnet 28 December 2008 28 April 2010 74 21 21 32 028.4
Dover Athletic 28 May 2010 15 June 2010 0 0 0 0 !
Leyton Orient 28 May 2015 18 January 2016 31 10 11 10 032.3
Total 106 31 33 42 029.2


  1. ^ "Barnet manager hangs up his boots". BBC Sport. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Hendon's contract terminated". Barnet Football Club. 28 April 2010. Archived from the original on 1 May 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Sam Allardyce in the market for eight new signings". London Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Wally Downes West Ham departure was Sam Allardyce decision - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  6. ^ "BBC Sport - Ian Hendon: West Ham coach named Leyton Orient manager". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Ian Hendon: Leyton Orient manager sacked by League Two club". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  8. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2005). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2005–2006. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 630, 636–637. ISBN 978-0-7553-1384-6.
  9. ^ "Managers: Ian Hendon". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 August 2015.

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