Hessenthaler offered Orient job

HITC Sport understands Leyton Orient set to name new manager.

Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler before the match Andy Hessenthaler 

Leyton Orient have offered caretaker boss Andy Hessenthaler the manager's job on a permanent basis.

Hessenthaler was placed in caretaker charge twice this season taking the job in January following the sacking of Ian Hendon and then stepping into the void again in April after player-manager Kevin Nolan was stripped of his coaching duties.

The former Gillingham manager took charge of the final five games of the season as Orient finished in eighth spot just outside the play-off spots.

Andy Hessenthaler - Gillingham ManagerAndy Hessenthaler - Gillingham Manager

Hessenthaler arrived at Brisbane Road last summer as assistant to Hendon and he took over an interim basis after Hendon was axed.

Nolan was then named as Hendon's replacement in January on a two-and-a-half year deal, but he stepped down from his role as player/manager in April.

A number of names have been linked with the vacancy at Orient this summer, but it seems the club's owners are ready to give it to Hessenthaler on a full-time basis.

Andy Hessenthaler - Gillingham ManagerAndy Hessenthaler 

Orient president Francesco Becchetti is looking for his seventh manager since buying the club in 2014 and he sees Hessenthaler as the man who can help transform the club's fortunes and help them mount a bid for promotion from League Two next season.

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