Martin Brennan excited to be at Leyton Orient again for a third time
PUBLISHED: 14:30 04 July 2016
Goalkeeper coach has worked at Fulham and Wycombe in recent years, but always wanted a chance at Brisbane Road
Leyton Orient’s new goalkeeper coach Martin Brennan conceded it didn’t take him long to agree a return to the club.
The 33-year-old has a long affiliation with the east Londoners after watching the O’s as a kid. He went on to play for the youth team at Brisbane Road before departing to join Tottenham Hotspur at the age of 13.
Brennan returned again, however, to coach the under-nines to under-16s before moving on to various professional clubs.
After leaving Fulham this summer, the opportunity to work with Orient’s first team was one he couldn’t turn down.
“I had a phone call from one of the Italian’s, they had met me previously and heard through the grapevine that I was leaving Fulham,” said Brennan.
“They put a contract on the table quite quickly, which I was taken back by because I was preparing myself for some part time work at a few non-league clubs.
“I was setting up a few bits of private work, but the offer come in and it didn’t take me long to decide. It is my third time back and the first time I’ve been involved with first team.
“It is something, deep down, I always wanted to do. I wanted to be part of my local club. I’ve always looked out for their results and I’m just really excited.”
Brennan was one of many ahead of the 1995/96 season to purchase the £10 season ticket Orient, then owned by Barry Hearn, were offering for children.
He has always had an interest in the club since and admitted going back to teams he was with as a youngster seems a regular occurrence now having spent four years with Spurs coaching the youth team.
“My Dad used to take me to Orient as a kid and I think it got to the stage when they did the £10 season ticket and I was one of many to take that offer,” said Brennan, who spent four years as Wycombe Wanderers first team goalkeeper coach.
“My Mum and Dad paid that for me so I was going over there as a kid and signed before going back to coach the nine to 16-year-olds.
“It seems a common theme for me at the minute to sign for a club as a kid and then go back. I did it with Tottenham and have obviously done it with Orient now.”