HO­TEL IS HOME TO O’S FOR A WEEK

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Pippa Field

LEY­TON Ori­ent play­ers and coach­ing staff were made to stay in a ho­tel this week due to their poor run of form.

Club owner Francesco Bec­chetti made the de­ci­sion fol­low­ing a 3-1 de­feat at Hartle­pool, which meant Ori­ent had only won two of their past 12 games.

Boss Ian Hen­don was only told of the plans on the coach back from Vic­to­ria Park.

The play­ers were al­lowed to visit their fam­i­lies in their spare time but had to eat and sleep at the ho­tel in Waltham Abbey ahead of their game with York.

They trav­elled by coach to­gether to and from their Chig­well train­ing ground, which is a five-minute drive.

Hen­don said: “The owner has had dif­fer­ent sport­ing ven­tures over the years and he said some­times it’s good to get to­gether and spend time to­gether.

“It helps team bond­ing. When the owner sug­gested it I thought why not try some­thing dif­fer­ent.

“It's not an army camp; there’s a gym and swim­ming pool at the ho­tel, so it hasn’t been a pun­ish­ment.”

BOND­ING: Ian Hen­don

STAR MAN SERGI CANOS Brent­ford

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