Former Fulham boss Kit Symons is a contender for the vacant managerial position at League Two Leyton Orient, according to reports this afternoon.

Orient have looking for a new boss after Ian Hendon was sacked following last weekend’s home defeat by Exeter City. The O’s won their first five league games of the season, but they have won just four times in 21 matches and are now in eleventh place, two points of the play-offs. The club’s board decided to act in order to preserve their promotion hopes.

Several names are under consideration at Brisbane Road but Symons is believed to be high on the shortlist Orient are compiling. The former Welsh assistant manager has been out of work since being sacked by Fulham in November, having repaired much of the damage done during Felix Magath’s disastrous reign at Craven Cottage. Symons ensured the Whites stayed in the Championship but the club have slumped since his departure – making another relegation battle a distinct possibility.