Starting all over can be worth pain
INewportT’S desperately sad to see the situation Leyton Orient currently find themselves in. Even after yesterday’s vital 4-0 win at
County, the O’s are five points from safety in League Two and face a real battle to avoid relegation to the National League.
But that is only part of the story, as the club face a far greater battle to stay in business off the pitch (see story right).
At present, the O’s future is in the hands of owner Francesco Becchetti and only he knows whether he will pay up the reported £250,000 that is required by the taxman.
There is a real danger of the O’s going into liquidation and that would be a tragedy for a club that was originally founded by members of Glyn Cricket Club back in 1881 and have played in the Football League for more than a century.
One of the only positive aspects to come out of the club’s recent troubles has been the fact that Leyton Orient supporters have come together.
Indeed, the Leyton Orient Fans’ Trust (LOFT) had been busy at work even before last week’s news of the winding up order came to light.
They are weighing up all the options open to them, from potentially buying the club as part of a consortium to setting up a ‘phoenix club’.
While we can understand why the supporters would not want to undertake the latter option, largely because it would mean starting off low down the Non-League pyramid, it isn’t something that should be dismissed. One of our other publications is The NonLeague Paper and it has followed the fortunes of those clubs that have started afresh over the years, most notably AFC Wimbledon.
Yes, it is a long road, but the Dons have shown what you can achieve over a period of time. And there is something to be said for fans running a club prudently and within its means.
The individual, big-money owner may not be the best policy – as the O’s have found out with Becchetti.