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Former Orient owner Barry Hearn endorses Francesco Becchetti

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Once Leyton Orient Chairman, Barry Hearn, has called on supporters to support Orient club owner Francesco Becchetti in spite of the London clubs’ poor form, reports BBC Sport.

Former owner Barry Hearn, Hearn is now honorary life-president at Leyton Orient

Former owner Barry Hearn, Hearn is now honorary life-president at Leyton Orient

Orient currently lie in 22nd position in the Sky Bet League One table, having amassed 19 points from 2 league games, a stark contrast to their form of last season.

I think it is a learning curve they have got to go through and they have got to adjust their thinking as they go forward,”Hearn said as he spoke on BBC London 94.9.

“We should just wish them luck, watch and maintain our support for the club.”

He added: “There are disappointing results at the moment but there are signs that perhaps the worst is over.”

Hearn sold the club to the Italian after joining the O’s in the 1994-95 season.

“We all make mistakes in life and we all take time to learn what community football is all about,” sports promoter Hearn, 66, added.

“I made millions of mistakes when I started with Orient and I learnt from them.

“The new owners have done what I thought they would do, which is put in a load of money. That is what football is more and more about these days and it is much more than I would have put in.

“They are genuine people who have bought the club, but clearly they have got a lot to learn as well.”

Hearn has called into question the timing of the departure of Matt Porter, who stood down as chief executive following Becchetti’s takeover.

“The Italian owners wanted to do it their way and I can understand that,” he said.

“My personal feeing was it was a little early and they should have had a bit more settling in time with experience around. But that is their call as they are paying the bills and are in charge”

“We won’t agree with every single decision anyone makes but at the same time the club is the thing that lives for ever and the other people – myself included – are purely custodians.”

Hearn still owns Orient’s Match room Stadium but has dismissed reports that he could re-invest in the League One club.

“I got cheered on Saturday when I walked in – it was great,” he said. “I reminded them I am never coming back.

Hearn joked, saying “I did a 19-year sentence and I enjoyed it but once you escape from Colditz, you don’t dig a tunnel to get back in.”

The business man recently proclaimed in the Independent that ”soon all of our clubs would be foreign owned”. “I have some wonderful memories of Orient but I’m 66 now”. ”I still work all the hours God sends and love every second of it”.

”I’m not slowing up but Orient has taken up a lot of my time”. ”It’s also a weight off my mind”. ”When I drove to work this morning it dawned on me that I could actually go and enjoy a game”. ”You never do when you are an owner”. ”You are perpetually anxious, wondering what is going to hit you next”.


ScoopDragon Football News Network

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