What a week it has been- from the perspective of a Leyton Orient fan. Following the takeover from Nigel Travis last Wednesday, nothing but positivity has emitted from the club. The past three years that have destroyed the club are slowly being put to rest.
CEO of Dunkin’ brands Nigel Travis purchased the East-London club last week. This signaled the end of Franceso Becchetti’s era at the club. The Italian businessman so nearly ran the club into the ground, as Orient went from the League 1 play-offs to Non-league football in just three years.
Life-long Leyton Orient fan Nigel Travis is determined to restore brighter days at London’s second oldest football club. News of his takeover was universally celebrated by Orient fans.
Now with the club under new ownership they shall be heading in a new direction. Travis has already been a busy man, as he has been recruiting in the past week.
The first appointment made by the club was Martin Ling who returned to the club as Director of Football. The former Orient player and manager is a familiar face around Brisbane Road. In addition to this Ling brings a ton of experience and a wealth of knowledge with him.
Ling guided the club to promotion to League 1 in 2006. He managed the O’s for six years, as well as spending four years of his playing career at the club.
Former Chief Executive Matt Porter also returned to the club. This time he has been appointed in a role with the Board of Directors at the club. Porter left the club three years ago, following Becchetti’s takeover.
Another familiar face returned to the club in the form of Barry Hearn. The promoter also left the club a few months ago, stepping down as Honorary President. His departure was cited as he had no desire to be affiliated with Becchetti. None the less Hearn returns in his former role at the club.
Also as of today the club announced their first summer signing. Former striker David Mooney was confirmed to have signed for the club once more. The Irish forward returns to the club for a second-spell, something that shall once more please O’s fans universally.
With familiar faces returning to the club, it would appear as if the essence of the O’s is being restored. While the club are still in search of a manager, they shall also be on the look for players. Brighter days are on the horizon for Leyton Orient.
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