According to the East London & West Essex Guardian, former Leyton Orient boss Omer Riza says he was “very close” to being appointed as Billericay Town’s new manager, but the move broke down due to issues involving his contract.

The 38-year-old hasn’t managed since leaving Orient last year and has spent the last couple of months coaching Watford’s Under-15 and Under-16 sides.

Riza, who was also linked with the managerial vacancy at Crawley Town previously, initially worked in Orient’s academy set-up but stepped up to manage the side in March 2017 following Danny Webb’s resignation.

Riza has always spoken about his desire to return to management in the future, but says the move to Billericay wasn’t right for both parties, with the National League South side appointing former Hemel Hempstead Town manager Dean Brennan as their new boss yesterday.

Riza said: “Last week I had a call from Glenn Tamplin. It weren’t about me applying for the position but it was about me being contacted by the owner of the club.

“We sat down and had a chat and were very close to getting a deal done. But it’s one of those things where if it’s not right for both parties, it breaks down.”

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