Leyton Orient’s new chairman has promised to back manager Russell Slade in the transfer window following his takeover of the club.
Francesco Becchetti bought the club from boxing promoter Barry Hearn on Monday. The move signalled the end of 19 years of ownership from Hearn who famously purchased the O’s in 1995 for £5.
The Italian today set out his vision for Leyton Orient. “An era is not finishing and a new era is not beginning,” said Becchetti. “We are continuing with ever more strength in the history of Leyton Orient.”
The Italian businessman went on to say that the he has “found a wonderful team here” and “the history and the location of the club all appealed to me”
Orient manager Russell Slade has already given Becchetti a list of five players for every position. Following the departures of keeper Jamie Jones to Preston and star winger Moses Odubajo to Brentford, the East London side are in need of reinforcements for the upcoming campaign.
Orient narrowly missed out on promotion to the Championship last season in the play-off final against Rotherham. Francesco Becchetti is aiming to go one better this season by backing manager Slade in the transfer market.
The 2014/15 season marks 20 years since Leyton Orient were last in the second tier of English football. The club begin their league campaign at Brisbane Road where they will host newly promoted Chesterfield on August 9th.