By Brian Jeeves
NATIONAL LEAGUE new boys, Leyton Orient, live to fight another day after the club’s Italian owner, Francesco Becchetti paid off the east London outfit’s creditors in full.
Orient staved off their second winding up order in almost three months, possible administration and points deduction when it emerged that the club’s debts had been cleared. However, their future still remains uncertain with Becchetti still in charge at Brisbane Road, much to the anguish of the O’s long-suffering supporters.
A number of the O’s players have already parted company with the club, simply to ensure their own futures.
Speaking to Yellow Sport about the Orient’s latest saga, former striker Peter Kitchen said: “The decision may have confirmed that they will be able to play in the National League next season but with no direction or communication coming from the owner it’s still all a bit in limbo. I’m not sure how the manager, remaining players and staff feel because very little has changed at the helm of the club.
Kitchen, who scored 63 goals during two spells at Brisbane Road added: “Hopefully, Mr Becchetti has cleared the way so he can sell the club. The club is still in a terrible situation and their only hope is that they are at least now in a position where they could be sold if a buyer were to emerge in the next few weeks but the future needs to be secured as soon as possible so that the manager, Ömer Riza, can start building a side for the new season.”