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Ian Hendon justifies Dover Athletic departure

Ian Hendon
Hendon took over from Mark Robson at Gillingham

Ian Hendon says he was within his rights to resign as Dover manager because he did not sign a contract.

Hendon's reign at Dover lasted 18 days before he left to become Gillingham's assistant manager.

He told BBC Radio Kent: "My intentions were to do the job, but I got a call from Gillingham.

"I've had it with players who say they're going to sign and they go and sign for another club. Until that contract is signed you are not held."

Dover appointed Martin Hayes as Hendon's successor the next morning but the nature of Hendon's departure has left a bitter taste in the mouth of their chairman Jim Parmenter.


He said: "He applied to the job, he made it clear he wanted to come to the club. I knew one day he would want to move on but to leave so quickly for a number two job at Gillingham, I can't understand that at all."

But Hendon insists he wants to put the whole incident behind him.

"What has happened at Dover has happened and that is in the past. I went about organising their pre-season and signed a couple of players," he said.

"I went away on holiday, came back, and in between I heard from Gillingham.

"I made an appointment with the chairman of Dover to tell him face-to-face rather than phoning him. I feel I went about things the right way in that regard."

Hendon says the appeal was simply that it was a league job and had no intention of letting Dover down.

"I want to be full time on the training ground every day and I'm looking forward to it." he said.

Dover and Gillingham are due to meet in a pre-season friendly but it is believed there is now some doubt about the fixture.

Parmenter told BBC Radio Kent: "I think we have to review that. Our fans will not be pleased with that situation and we do not want any problems at a pre-season friendly."

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see also
Hendon quits Dover for Gillingham
15 Jun 10 |  Gillingham
Dover install Hayes as new boss
16 Jun 10 |  Gillingham
Hendon unveiled as Dover manager
28 May 10 |  Non League
Hessenthaler named new Gills boss
21 May 10 |  Gillingham
Chairman optimistic on Dover goal
21 May 10 |  Non League
Hessenthaler quits as Dover boss
20 May 10 |  Non League
Clubs at odds over Hessenthaler
18 May 10 |  Gillingham

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