WEBB’S EXIT AND WAGES WOE ADD TO PAIN

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Char­lie Ben­nett

LEY­TON Ori­ent owner Francesco Bec­chetti faces an even big­ger fight to sell the club af­ter they lurched into a deeper cri­sis last week – cul­mi­nat­ing in a fail­ure to pay play­ers and staff.

Staff woke up on Fri­day to dis­cover no wages in their bank ac­counts just two days af­ter Danny Webb re­signed as man­ager – the fourth boss to leave this sea­son.

A 3-0 loss at Craw­ley Town last week and the club’s fail­ure to as­sure Webb of his fu­ture was the tipping point, adding to Bec­chetti’s prob­lems as debts con­tinue to rise.

An un­named Amer­i­can com­pany is ru­moured to have an in­ter­est, but with things spi­ralling out of con­trol at the Match­room Sta­dium, it is now un­clear if a bid will ma­te­ri­alise.

On the pitch, things are just as bad as Ori­ent sit deep in­side the rel­e­ga­tion zone, with just six games to save them­selves fol­low­ing four suc­ces­sive de­feats prior to yes­ter­day’s clash with Wy­combe.

Omer Riza, who was part of the coach­ing staff, has taken charge un­til the end of the sea­son but a mir­a­cle is re­quired if Ori­ent are to sur­vive – a far cry from three sea­sons ago when they al­most se­cured pro­mo­tion to the Cham­pi­onship.

And the lat­est twist in a woe­ful sea­son was met with anger by the Ley­ton Ori­ent Fans’ Trust (LOFT).

“This throws into se­vere doubt whether the £1m promised to the court by Bec­chetti is ac­tu­ally real if he can’t find a much smaller amount for the wage bill,” said a Trust spokesman.

“We will do all we can to of­fer ad­vice and sup­port to the staff at this wor­ry­ing time. We are ex­tremely an­gry at their treat­ment.

“But to be clear, the Re­gen­er­a­tion Fund (set up by LOFT to give them a say in the club’s fu­ture) can’t be used to pay the club’s bills while Bec­chetti re­mains in charge. He has to go – now.”

GONE: Danny Webb

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