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The Young Americans [Leyton Orient]

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Started on 11 October 2013 by Northwood
Latest Reply on 13 May 2014 by Northwood
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Congrats on the title! Good to see you preparing already and getting ready for the new season. Hopefully you keep your job!
2014-01-27 13:54#156997 Northwood :
promitch : Awesome story Northwood!! Next time you should try an Aussie version lol

Thanks for reading promitch.
Who would not love to go travel around Australia?

But what are the odds of my board allowing me to fly around the world to scout Australia when they will not even let me cross the canal to look for players in Europa? :D

Ah very good point there lol.
Well done on winning League 1. It's a tough challenge with a strong Wolves team in there but good luck in the Championship
Good luck in Championship man!
Walter : Congrats on the title! Good to see you preparing already and getting ready for the new season. Hopefully you keep your job!

The fans really like me so I guess they will have difficulty firing me. But I guess I will be on a short leash in the Sky Bet Championship

Jack : Well done on winning League 1. It's a tough challenge with a strong Wolves team in there but good luck in the Championship

Thanks Jack.

The Wolves spends £20M on salaries compared to our £3.2M budget.

Cosmin : Good luck in Championship man!

Thanks Cosmin.
That is a very comprehensive league title victory, congratulations!

Now you'll actually have some decent money to spend so good luck with that :)
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2014-02-02 00:25#158197 Justice : That is a very comprehensive league title victory, congratulations!

Now you'll actually have some decent money to spend so good luck with that :)

Thanks Justice.

But you might be very wrong about the money to spend :(
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New owner


I guess I should have seen it come from a mile away. My only excuse is that it’s hard to see when you are standing in the middle of the hurricane's eye.

It’s why we love sport and why people are so passionate about football.

Jenn Suhr said it the best “Pole vaulting is an event of high and lows” and that’s also the case for football (just without the stick). No other place are you taken from the highest of the high to the lowest of the low and back again on a weekly basis. Some days it even happens several times within the span of the 90 minutes the two teams battle it out of the field.

I had just lived the highest of the high. Winning the league with a record 102 points in my first year as the Leyton Orient manager was a high. Getting the Head Coach of the year award and seeing my players take home awards left and right was just the icing on the cake.

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I was excited about the prospect of playing in the Sky Bet Championship and even told the team that we should be aiming for a mid table finish next season, before they left the training facility to go on a well deserved holiday.

I should have seen it come from a mile away but I didn't and it hit me like a runaway train.

There had been hints and tips about it in the local press for weeks. During the season I had ignored it and concentrated about doing my job of winning football games. But now there we no hiding from the facts. The teams beloved Chairman Barry Hearn had decided to leave the beautiful game of football and the rumors about who would take over the team was many.

During the season plenty of journalists had tried to bait me into taking a stab at Barry Hearn and his lack of willingness to invest serious money into the team. It was noble that he had build his team without spending a single £ on transfer fees but the press had seen it as an unwillingness to take chances.
I had refused to take the bait and played the "no comment" game.


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The Guardian
The latest news in the takeover talk of Leyton Orient comes out of America. The ownership group behind the Dodgers baseball team is in talk with Barry Hearn about buying the team.
With the Yankees joining up with Manchester City and the Red Sox owner being heavily involved with Liverpool FC, Magic Johnson and his group sees newly promoted Leyton Orient as a perfect opportunity to get a foothold in London.
The plan is to invest heavily in the team to get them ready for the EPL already next season.

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BBC
Qatar Investment Authority might be at it again. The group that already has a huge investment in PSG might now have switched their focus from Paris to London. The promotion of London based team Leyton Orient was just the stepping stone they needed.
It speculated that they will buy the team and move it into the Olympic stadium just 750 yards away from the O´s current home field.


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The Sun
It might be time for India to make the move in to the world of top-flight football. The way to do it might be thru newly promoted Leyton Orient that has been set up for sale by Chairman Barry Hearn.
The man behind the move is rumored to be Indian media mogul Kalanithi Maran who has an estimated net worth of more than $3.3 billion.
It's widely speculated that if he succeeds in buying the team that he will change to teams color to green and the logo to a goldfish jumping thru two flaming rings.


Even with the wild guessing by the press , when the announcement finally came it still shocked me. Instead of a huge press conference introducing a new owner, it was all revealed in a short press release leaked to the press on a Friday afternoon.


Leyton Orient Press Release:
“Mr. Barry Hearn, Chairman and President of Leyton Orient FC has today resigned from all positions held with the club.
The new President of Leyton Orient is 34 year old Matthew Porter, the team’s former managing director.
There are no plans to provide the club with any investment at this stage”



I was devastated. Not only were my new boss 10 years younger than me but all my dreams and plans for the upcoming season were going down the drain. This meant no US scouting. No extravagant transfer budget to add new players and no big salary budget to work with.


That meant that I was left with a payroll budget of £22,69K pr week and a transfer budget of just £625K. In comparison the team with the lowest payroll last season in the championship had a payroll close to 50K while the top spender QPR used close to 1M per week in salaries.

I had two options. I could either whine and complain about the new owners until they got so tired of me that they kicked me out or I became so sick of it that I decided to quit myself.

Or

I could try to spin it into something positive. It was us against the world. Nobody believes in us. This was the perfect “Chip on the shoulder” card for me to play if I could only get the team to believe in it.
I came in to the 12th best league in the world with a decent group of players. Could I find a few more castoffs and get them all to buy into the us against the world mentality it just might work.

I had to give it a try. There were no way I was giving the new babyface Chairman the satisfaction of have me quitting.

All plans of a top half finish next season was out the window. Now it was only a case of survival.
Nice update mate, but poor takeover unfortunately, you have to demonstrate them that you're the best and they need you, not you them.
Cosmin : Nice update mate, but poor takeover unfortunately, you have to demonstrate them that you're the best and they need you, not you them.

This was more a handover than a takeover.

I had a slim roster already last season in the Sky Bet League 1. Without money to improve we might struggle in the Sky Bet Championship. There is only so much you can do with free and loan players.
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FIFA World Cup 2014


While I was buried in scouting reports and loan offers, other people had a lot more fun. The rest of the world was all focused on Brazil and the FIFA World Cup.


Group Stage


Group A
It was no surprise that Brazil won the group but it was a huge disappointment that it wasn't USA following them to the knockout stage. The US team started out with a horrible 1-4 loss to Ukraine in the first game. From there it was an uphill battle and the Von Trapps were never close.
Hulk was the big player for the home nation in the opening round scoring three goals.

Group B
Only surprise in Group B was that Spain did not go undefeated thru the group stage. They still won the group and avoided the home nation Brazil in the next round. That honor would fall to Croatia who finished second.

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Group C
Germany only managed a draw with Mexico and a slim 1-0 win over Austria. But they didn't allow a single goal to be scored against them in the opening round.

Group D
The two European super powers didn't have any trouble in this group.
Mario Balotelli scored three goals for Italy in the group stage. Italy won the battle to avoid Germany with a 1-0 over Portugal.

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Group E
In a weak group Norway scored one goal in each match and that was enough to take them true to the next round as group winners. Behind them Falcao and hisColombia stumbled into second place.

Group F
Argentina had few problems making it thru even with a Lionel Messi not playing up to his best.
Leyton Orient player Elliot Omozusi played in all three games for a Nigerian team that struggled and didn't manage to score a single goal. All the African and Asian teams were sent home before the first knockout stage.

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Group G
Belgium was the hot team coming in to the tournament and delivered in the first round. Uruguay struggled more but made it thru even with a 0-0 draw with Iran.

Group H
Only Brazil scored as many goals as Holland in the opening round.

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An alright performance by most South American sides, but disappointing to see such a positive side like Chile not making it.
2014-02-04 20:09#158683 Walter : An alright performance by most South American sides, but disappointing to see such a positive side like Chile not making it.

Saying Portugal didn’t have any problems was not entirely correct.

Chile managed a 2-2 draw with Italy in the first game and a convincing 4-1 trashing of Costa Rica next.

It all came down to the last game against Portugal.

It was 1-1 until the 90th minute. A result that would send Chile to the next round.
Then Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder Fernando scored the goal sending Portugal into the final-16
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FIFA World Cup 2014


Round of 16


All the big surprises / upsets that were missing from the group stage came in the first knockout round.

In the very first game of the final-16, home nation Brazil were knocked out of the tournament on an own goal by Liverpool player Lucas in a shocking the 0-1 loss to Croatia.
At this point it's still unclear if Lucas will ever be able to return to Brazil again.

Spain took 23 shots on goal against Ukraine but still needed penalties to advance. Roam Bezus was the villain for Ukraine as the only of the 10 players to miss his penalty.

When Mario Balotelli played his worst game, Italy had nobody else to step up and an early goal by Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez sent Italy packing.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals in regular time but Germany scored twice in OT.

Colombia sends out another of the early favorites after a late Falcao goal take the game to extra time and penalties.

Both Norway and Greece deserves to go home now but its Norway leaving the tournament after scoring an own goal and committing a penalty.

Holland scored twice in the first 15 minutes and that’s enough to knock out Uruguay

Its closer than expected between Switzerland and Belgium.
In the end its Belgian winning the match.
It was the 4th match in the second round not decided in the regular 90 minutes of play.

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Dont forget to listen to this weeks Men In Blazers Podcast
If you've ever heard the story of Moacyr Barbosa, Brazil's goalkeeper in their 2-1 loss to Uruguay in the WC Final 1950, you will be sure to understand that Lucas will never want to set foot in Brazil ever again.

A great update, with Colombia going well.

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