Date: 9th May 2007 at 7:55pm
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Andy Scott, the Orient youth team manager has left the club to take up the post of assistant manager at League Two Brentford. The Bees have only recently appointed former England captain Terry Butcher has manager and the former Motherwell boss has moved swiftly to put together his backroom staff.

Scott, 34, played 143 games for the Bees between 1997 and 2001 and he will now return to Griffin Park as the west London side look to make a return to League One.

Scott has been at Brisbane Road for the past three years, signing for the club towards the end of the 2003/4 season. He made 53 appearances for the O`s, scoring ten goals before
being forced to retire from the game in March 2005 after being disgnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a potentially fatal heart condition.

He was appointed as youth team boss shortly afterwards, helping in the development of numerous young players who went on to become professionals at Brisbane Road, including Brian Saah, Jason Demetriou, Aiden Palmer, Efe Echanomi and Derek Duncan.

‘It’s an opportunity that was too good to turn down,’ said Scott.

‘It was nice to be considered for an interview, and when I sat down and spoke to Terry Butcher and Brentford’s managing director Keith Dickens, it was clear that we shared the same ideas for taking the club forward.

‘It is with mixed feelings that I leave, though, because I really enjoyed my time at Orient. I felt I was part of the success the club has achieved in the last couple of years and I feel privileged that I was given the opportunity by Martin and the chairman to work as youth team manager here.

‘It has been really pleasing to see the likes of Brian Saah, Jason Demetriou and Aiden Palmer play such a big role with the seniors this year, and I know whoever inherits the youth team squad will have a talented set of players to work with and improve.

‘Of course there is a tinge of disappointment that I won’t be overseeing their development because next season would have been my first with a squad of all my own players, but I’ve always wanted to work with pros and this is a great opportunity for me.

‘I want to thank everyone who has supported me through my heart condition and who supported my appointment as youth team manager, from the chairman to Matt Porter, Martin, all the staff and supporters. I will look forward to coming back to the club in the near future.’

Orient bossr Martin Ling added: ‘I’d like to wish Andy the best of luck in his new appointment as assistant manager at Brentford.

‘He has been a pleasure to work with over the last three years as both a player and youth team manager, and although he has had a steep learning curve since his enforced retirement, he took to the job like a duck to water.

‘It seems to be a recurring theme at this football club that we lose our youth team managers to better things, but the progression that Alex Inglethorpe, Dean Smith and Andy have made shows we are doing something right.’