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Barnet manager hangs up his boots

Ian Hendon
Hendon's last game action was as a last-minute sub in November 2007

Barnet manager Ian Hendon has retired as a player on medical grounds.

The 37-year-old former defender took over from Paul Fairclough at Underhill in December last year but had remained registered as a player.

The Bees boss has not played since November 2007 and has spent the last year recovering from a ankle operation.

The former Leyton Orient player made over 500 club appearances, and he captained the Bees to promotion to the Football League in 2005.

He told the club website: "It's a wrench and of course I am disappointed. Playing football has been my life since I was a boy.

"When the time is right to go you have to accept that the time is right.

"At least I'll still have an outdoors role with the players every day, training and keeping fit."

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