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2013-02-25T07:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T01:14:31

Hendon savouring Tottenham test

West Ham United first-team coach Ian Hendon is enjoying working alongside Sam Allardyce for the second time in his career.

The 41-year-old was Big Sam's captain at Notts County, where the pair enjoyed success in the late 1990s and lifted the Division Three title in 1998.

Now working alongside Allardyce with the Hammers first team, Hendon is looking forward to the prospect of putting one over his former club Tottenham Hotspur at the Boleyn Ground on Monday night.

You played for a number of clubs in the Football League - Leyton Orient, Northampton Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Barnet - and one of them was Notts County, where you played under Sam Allardyce. You won the Division Three title by a record 17 points in 1998, which must have been enjoyable?

IH: "It's still a record for a team winning a championship in such a short space of time - we got promoted in March! I was Sam's first signing there from Leyton Orient at the time and I went in and became his captain there. They were good times and we had a good group of players, including Steve Finnan, Shaun Derry and Mark Robson who went on to have good careers in the game."

You are now working with Big Sam again as first-team coach. How is that going?

IH: "He has not changed one bit! He knows what he wants and how to get it and you either abide by his rules or you don't - there are no grey areas, and that's the way it should be from a manager's point of view. With the staff, if he is not quite happy he tells us and that's the way it should be, as he does his players."

While results might not have been too good away from home recently, if you look at the overall picture,  Big Sam has brought the club a very long way in a short space of time, hasn't he?

IH: "Sam came in after the club had been relegated from the Premier League, so to bounce back at the first attempt and sitting where we are at this stage of the season is good.

"Obviously there are games where we should have picked up points and we'd like to be well clear of any sort of relegation battle, but as it stands we're in a good position - one that we'd have taken at the start of the season.

"A couple of wins and everything will look a little bit rosier. The manager has been here and done it and there's absolutely no panic going on at West Ham at the moment, I can assure you. It's all in hand and I'm sure we'll be fine."

Your old club Spurs have been in good form in recent months, but our home performances have been good all season so we have nothing to fear, do we?

IH: "It's a big thing, playing at home. The fans are loud and boistrous and I'm sure that will be the case with it being a London derby. It does help.

"I sit on the bench and when the crowd get going, and it is a cliche, they are like a 12th man. The West Ham support is unbelievable when it gets going and, at this stage, it can help us get across the line.

"It's a London derby and I'm sure they will be up and at it, as we will be as a staff and a team on Monday night."

Finally, you must be looking forward to pitting your wits against a club where you started your career?

IH: "I was at Spurs as a nine-year-old, when I first started training once a week. It then went on over the years to two nights a week and I became an apprentice and turned professional. I probably saw about six, seven or eight managers over that time, so I spent a big part of my early career and my learning at Tottenham.

"I made five appearances and it was one of those typical young professional's stories. I got my opportunity in bit-parts as a substitute. I would obviously liked to have made more appearances but it didn't work out there."

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