Leyton Orient fans step up ‘disaster recovery’ after winding-up petition

• Struggling League Two club will have case heard at high court on 20 March
• Orient fans raising funds to be involved in sale or form a new club

The Leyton Orient fans’ trust (Loft) will hold a meeting on Thursday to raise money towards a “disaster recovery” fund, after Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs served a winding-up petition on the club for unpaid tax. The petition, citing HMRC as the creditor and set to be heard on 20 March at the high court, is the latest serious development in a growing crisis at Orient, whom the owner, the Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti, has said are up for sale.

In his two-and-a-half-year tenure, Becchetti has appointed 10 managers yet seen Orient relegated from League One in 2015. Under the latest manager, Danny Webb, the club are second bottom of League Two, six points adrift of the last safe spot as they seek to avoid relegation out of the Football League. When Becchetti bought Orient from Barry Hearn in July 2014, the team under the then manager, Russell Slade, had just missed out on promotion to the Championship, losing the League One play-off final at Wembley on penalties to Rotherham United.

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Source: Football News
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