Leyton Orient have appointed former Barnet coach and Wycombe Wanderers player Danny Senda as their new assistant head coach. Senda joins head coach Ross Embleton, first-team coach Dean Brill and player/coach Jobi McAnuff in the set-up at the O’s.
Danny Senda Appointed Leyton Orient Assistant Head Coach
A Final Change?
There have been a lot of changes in the coaching set-up at Leyton Orient in the last year. Not all of the decisions were forced while some were shrouded in tragic circumstances.
Following their promotion from the National League in 2018/19, Justin Edinburgh was set to lead them in League Two before his sad passing last summer. Current head coach Embleton took over temporarily before Carl Fletcher was brought in to kick start a new era.
Fletcher, though, lasted just five league matches before it was decided his appointment wasn’t working. After another caretaker spell in charge, Embleton took the job on a permanent basis, with Danny Webb and Jobi McAnuff by his side.
However, Webb left the club suddenly earlier in the season and former goalkeeper Brill, who had retired due to injury, was appointed in Webb’s role.
The addition of Senda looks to have completed the rebuild of the coaching staff in the way Embleton wanted it and, with pre-season set to start soon, Senda has plenty of time to get integrated with the squad.
What Was Said?
As a player, Senda made over 300 appearances for Wycombe, who were promoted to the Championship last night, having come through the youth academy at Southampton. He went on to have spells at Millwall, Torquay United, Bristol Rovers and Barnet before becoming a coach at the latter, having had a brief stint as an academy coach at Brentford.
Speaking to the Leyton Orient club website, Senda explained what he feels his strengths are as a coach and how he plans to support Embleton in his role.
He said: “I’m a player’s coach, really. I like to create relationships as quickly as I can and help as many individuals as I can, and ultimately be there to support them – as coaches, we’re here to help them.”
“The role is all about supporting Ross, who has done a brilliant job up to this point – I think it gives him more opportunity to step back and have an overview, knowing he’s got someone that can take the day to day stuff.”