Ex-Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio in the frame at Leyton Orient

Paolo Di Canio
Paolo Di Canio

League Two Leyton Orient have parted company with manager Andy Hessenthaler.

And former Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has been installed as one of the bookies’ favourites to take the role.

Hessenthaler becomes the first managerial departure in the Football League this term following a three-match winless streak. That run has left Orient 14th in League Two, one place and four goals better off than Craig Hignett’s Hartlepool United.

And league sponsors Sky Bet have priced flamboyant Italian Di Canio at 6/1 to get the reins at the Matchroom Stadium. Orient assistant Andy Edwards is the favourite (11/8), with Franco Colomba (4/1) and Kenny Jackett (5/1) also ahead of Di Canio in the running.

Hessenthaler , who signed a one-year deal during the summer, took over from former player-manager Kevin Nolan for the final five games of 2015-16.

Despite a positive start to the season which saw Orient, who travel to the Northern Gas & Power Stadium on October 22, climb as high as fourth, chairman Francesco Becchetti has made Hessenthaler his seventh managerial casualty in two years.

A club statement read: “The club can confirm that Andy Hessenthaler has been relieved of his role.

“We would like to thank Andy for his service to Leyton Orient since arriving in July 2015 and wish him well in his future career.

“Assistant Andy Edwards will be assuming Hessenthaler’s duties on an interim basis and will take charge of the team for tomorrow’s night’s Sky Bet League Two home game with Plymouth Argyle.”