The future of Leyton Orient Football club remains up in the air after the EFL released a statement insisting they are ‘exceptionally concerned’ about what is happening at the recently relegated club.
The side from east London are in a mess after successive demotions, with owner Francesco Becchetti given until 12 June by the High Court to pay off debts reported to be in excess of £250,000.
The Italian must have paid off debts by this date, or be forced to sell the club.
It was reported in the last 24 hours that players and staff were finally paid their salaries for March, after repeated attempts at contact with the controversial owner had failed.
The statement released by the EFL on Monday highlighting their concern, said that the Italian owners silence to their repeated attempts at contact were ‘not an acceptable response’.
The statement said: “The EFL remains exceptionally concerned about the current situation at Leyton Orient.”
“We are also aware of the frustration being expressed by the club’s staff. This is shared by the EFL executive, as we are similarly seeking answers to a number of important questions from the directors of the club. Silence is not an acceptable response.”
“The EFL last met with Leyton Orient chief executive Alessandro Angelieri on March 9. At this meeting, we received confirmation that funds would be made available to dismiss the winding up petition and fund the club going forward.”
“The EFL board received an update on the situation at its meeting on April 6 with the club being asked to provide a further commitment following widespread reporting that the required funding had not been made available. No response has been received to date.”
“The EFL executive are continuing to work with the club’s dedicated staff to ensure that appropriate arrangements are in place for Saturday’s final home game of the season and we would like to place on record our thanks for those that are making this possible, including the local safety advisory group. Additionally, a meeting has been arranged with Leyton Orient Fans’ Trust, to try and keep those parties with the club’s best interests at heart, united.”
“While Leyton Orient may have been relegated to the National League, the EFL will continue to do everything it can to ensure that the future of the club is secured.”
The statement was followed up by the resignation of honorary president, Barry Hearn, who told BBC Radio 5 Live his decision to quit was ‘not a statement that’s anti-club, it’s a statement that’s anti-owner’.
The EFL have promised to continue helping Orient despite their relegation from the league, and said that they would ‘continue to do everything it can to ensure that the future of the club is secured’.
Orient lie bottom of League 2, and will be playing in the National League next season.