Hakan Hayrettin

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Hakan Hayrettin
Hakan Hayrettin 2017-04-01 1.jpg
Hayrettin with Braintree Town in 2017
Personal information
Full name Hakan Hayrettin[1]
Date of birth (1970-02-04) 4 February 1970 (age 48)[1]
Place of birth Enfield, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Braintree Town (Manager)
Youth career
0000–1988 Leyton Orient
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Leyton Orient 0 (0)
1989–1993 Barnet 83
1993Torquay United (loan) 4 (0)
1993Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 10
1993–1994 Wycombe Wanderers 27 (1)
1994–1995 Cambridge United 17 (0)
1995–1996 Doncaster Rovers 0 (0)
1996–199? Peterborough United 0 (0)
Heybridge Swifts
Rushden & Diamonds
199?–1999 Harrow Borough
1999–2000 Boreham Wood
2000–2001 Harrow Borough
Teams managed
2003–2006 Waltham Forest
2006–2010 Thurrock
2011–2013 Grays Athletic
2016–2017 Braintree Town
2018– Braintree Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Hakan Hayrettin (born 4 February 1970) is an English former professional footballer and is currently the manager of Braintree Town.

Early life[edit]

Hayrettin was born in Enfield, London to Turkish Cypriot parents.[2]


Playing career[edit]

Hayrettin began his career as an apprentice with Leyton Orient, turning professional in July 1988. He was released without breaking into the first team, joining Barnet in August 1989. In 1990, he signed for Turkish side Karsiyaka, but his Turkish parentage would have made him eligible for national service, and the prospect of war with the situation deteriorating in the Gulf, so he resigned at Barnet who later won the Conference and with it promotion to the Football League.

He joined Torquay United on loan in January 1993, also playing on loan for Wycombe Wanderers that season as they too won the Conference. He also played in their FA Trophy winning side. He joined Wycombe on a free transfer in July 1993, playing 27 games, and scoring once, a memorable goal against Preston North End, helping Wycombe to a second successive promotion, via the play-offs. In August 1994 he moved to Cambridge United on a free transfer where He suffered a serious knee injury limiting his appearances for the club. He then moved on to Doncaster Rovers on a free transfer in July 1995.

He never made the first team with Doncaster and was released in October 1996 due to the same serious knee injury he suffered at Cambridge at the start of the season. He joined Peterborough United, but the same serious injury forced him to retire from full-time football in 1997. He joined Watford as a youth coach, but continued his player career in non-league football with Heybridge Swifts before moving on to Hayes, Rushden & Diamonds and Harrow Borough. He played for Barnet as a trialist on 31 August 1999, making a substitute appearance against Boreham Wood, who he would spend the 1999–2000 season with. He left Boreham Wood in July 2000 to rejoin Harrow Borough, both as a player and a coaching assistant, whilst working as a stock processing manager. He had left Harrow by September 2001.

Managerial career[edit]

Hayrettin joined Waltham Forest as manager in the 2003 close season,[3] helping the club to win the Essex Senior Cup. In May 2006 he took over as manager of Conference South side Thurrock.[4] On taking over at Thurrock, Hayrettin was quoted as saying that "the challenge of raising a "sleeping giant" was too much to resist".[5] At the start of the 2010–11 season Hayrettin left the club in October 2010.[6]

On 26 May 2011, he was appointed manager of Isthmian League Division One North side Grays Athletic, signing a two-year contract.[7] He led the club to the play-offs in his first season in charge, but lost in the semi-final. In the 2012–13 season Hayrettin led Grays to promotion into the Isthmian League Premier Division with a club-record 102 points, only losing four league games throughout the campaign.

It was announced on 5 July 2013 that Hayrettin had left Grays to join John Still's coaching team at Conference Premier side Luton Town as first team coach .[8] He left the club on 7 January 2016 following the appointment of Nathan Jones as manager. During his time there he helped the club win the Conference title in the first season and finishing 8th in the first season back in the Football League the following season. Hayrettin also coached the U23's side winning the Football League final third U23's title in their first season back in the Football League.

On 27 September 2016, Hayrettin was appointed as first-team manager of National League club Braintree Town.[9] After Braintree's relegation at the end of 2016–17, he left the club by mutual consent on 8 May 2017.[10]

On 9 October 2018, following the departure of Brad Quinton, Hayrettin was reinstated manager of Braintree Town on a interim basis.[11]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 27 October 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Braintree Town 27 September 2016 8 May 2017 41 15 7 19 036.6 [9][10][12]
Braintree Town (caretaker) 9 October 2018 Present 3 1 1 1 033.3 [12]
Total 44 16 8 20 036.4


  1. ^ a b "Hakan Hayrettin". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  2. ^ Zaman. "İngiliz futbolu,Kıbrıs Türklerini keşfetti!". Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
  3. ^ Hayrettin signs three
  4. ^ Hayrettin quits Forest for Thurrock
  5. ^ Thurrock challenge was too good to miss
  6. ^ "Thurrock part company with manager Hakan Hayrettin". BBC Sport. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  7. ^ "Hakan Hayrettin takes charge at Grays Athletic". BBC Sport. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Luton Town appoint Hayrettin as coach". Bedfordshire on Sunday. LSN Media Ltd. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
  9. ^ a b "Hakan Hayrettin: Braintree Town appoint new first-team manager". BBC Sport. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Hakan Hayrettin: Braintree Town part with manager by mutual consent manager". BBC Sport. 8 May 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Braintree Town FC on Twitter". Braintree Town F.C. 9 October 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Managers: Hakan Hayrettin". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017.

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