‘JUST GO NOW’ IS LOFT’S PLEA TO OWNER
LEYTON Orient fans have repeated their calls for owner Francesco Becchetti to sell up in the aftermath of the club’s relegation from the EFL.
Last week’s 3-0 defeat at Crewe consigned the O’s to the drop and means their 112-year tenure in the Football League will come to an end.
However, suppporters fear for the very future of the east London club, with Italian businessman Becchetti, who has overseen two relegations in three years, at the helm.
The O’s face a windingup petition in the High Court on June 12 and staff had to endure lengthy delays to receive their March salaries.
Leyton Orient Fans’ Trust (LOFT) vice-chairman Tom Davies told The
FLP: “Relegation has been coming for a long time, but it doesn’t diminish the pain. People felt angry and upset after the game last week. Some came away in tears. It has hit home that we are going into Non-League for the first time.
“However, there are bigger battles to be decided and the ownership of the club is one of them.
“Becchetti needs to talk seriously with interested parties, sell the club at a reasonable price and just go. There’s no point in him staying around. His presence is poisonous.”
LOFT have raised £140,000 towards their target of £250,000 and hope it will give them a say in the club’s future, which should become clearer once the High Court hearing takes place.
The club issued a short statement yesterday, stating that all salaries have been paid in full and there is no outstanding debt to HRMC.
Meanwhile, the EFL say they are ‘exceptionally concerned’ about Orient’s situation.
“While Leyton Orient may have been relegated to the National League, the EFL will continue to do everything it can to ensure the future of the club is secured,” they added.