Leyton Orient 2017/18 Season Preview

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Despite the pain of relegation from the football league in May, prosperous times appear to be on the horizon for Leyton Orient once more. Here is a preview of the 2017/18 campaign for Leyton Orient.

The past three years have been a nightmare for Leyton Orient which even Steven King could not have novelized. From the brink of promotion to the Championship to relegation from the football league, a fall from grace is truly an understatement.

However performances on the field were perhaps the least of the club’s worries last season. Antics from former Italian owner Francesco Becchetti almost put the football club’s future on the line. Orient were slapped with an array of winding-up orders, which effectively saw the club attend the high court.

Then in June the East London club’s nightmare reign under Becchetti finally ended. Kent Travis of Dunkin’ brands purchased the club. Mr Travis a life-long Orient fan was joined by business partner Kent Teague, who joined the club’s boardroom.

Along with new ownership came the appointment of new management. Former Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis was appointed manager with Ross Embleton joining him as Assistant Manager. Furthermore Martin Ling returned to the club, this time as Director of Football.

The summer transfer window has so far proved to be in full effect at Brisbane Road. With the club suffering relegation, many of last season’s squad departed the club. Many saw a massive clearance incoming at Orient, thus new faces were essential for the forthcoming season.

14 new players have been brought into the club, including some familiar names amongst the O’s faithful. Former fan favorite David Mooney returned to the club, upon his release from Southend United. The former Cork City striker is a welcome addition and return to the club.

Winger Jobi McAnuff also rejoined Orient on a one-year deal. After leaving League Two side Stevenage, McAnuff returned to E10. The Jamaican international previously spent two seasons at Orient.

In terms of new faces becoming residential in E10, there were some fine additions made. Charlie Lee, George Elokobi, Macauley Bonne & Alex Lawless, all names recognized within the realms of the football league have all signed for Leyton Orient.

The club officially confirmed to have appointed Charlie Lee as first-team captain and David Mooney as club captain, respectively.

The O’s kick their first ever non-league campaign tomorrow lunchtime, as they travel to Sutton United for the lunchtime kick-off. The National League is most certainly as tough as they come, with just the one automatic promotion spot, which is in-fact the top spot.

It shall most certainly be an interesting but exciting season for the O’s, as they look to bounce back into the football league at the first time of asking.

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Leyton Orient Takeover Completed By Nigel Travis

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As of June 22nd 2017 at 4:45pm, National Conference club Leyton Orient confirmed to have been subjected to a completed consortium takeover.It was formally announced via the clubs official website that Nigel Travis, the chairman and CEO of Dunkin’ brands led the takeover. 

Nigel Travis stated his aim was to “stabilise” the club and “re-engage” the fans. Travis has been a life-long fan of the East-London club, as he attended matches at Brisbane Road growing up. Additionally Travis would also go on to say he believed in the club’s ability to return to the Football League.

On the other hand today also marked the end of Italian owner Francesco Becchetti’s reign, as owner. The Italian businessman purchased the club in the summer of 2014. However his time at Orient has indeed been the darkest of days for the club. Nine managers have come and gone since Bechetti’s arrival in 2014, emphasizing the instability that has damaged the club.

Also during Becchetti’s era the London club also suffered two relegation’s in under two years. Furthermore their relegation last season now has the club playing non-league football, for the first time in their history.

The club’s official website also stated that Nigel Travis shall serve as Chairman at the football club. In addition to this Kent Teague from Dallas shall join him as a Director at the club.

After ten managers, three years, two relegations & one soul-destroying owner, there appears to be hope for Leyton Orient Football Club. The nightmare is finally over for the wonderful and loyal O’s fans.

As a season ticket holder since 2012, I have to admit there is a tear in my eye. I truly shall not forget the moment I read the club’s official statement at 4:45pm today. Even after everything the club has been through, prosperity lies ahead for the O’s once more.

Like every other O’s fan I relish this prospect. I look forward to the club moving forward under Nigel Travis and Kent Teague, exciting times lie ahead.

We are Leyton Orient Football Club, WE have OUR football club back!

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