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Leyton Orient: London's Forgotten Club

Feliks's avatar Group Feliks 2018-10-18 16:05
au 2114 posts 292 likes joined May 18, 2014

London's Forgotten Club

In the 2014/15 season, Leyton Orient FC were in the Sky Bet League 1, the third division of football in England, and were heavy favourites to win the league and make it back to the Championship for the first time since 1982. Eccentric Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti was at the helm as president, with Russell Slade as manager and exciting players in Dean Cox, Jobi McAnuff and Mathieu Baudry. Four seasons, two relegations, and eleven managers later, they sit outside of the Football League, a mid-table side in the Vanarama National.

This story will document the work of an ex-player taking his first step into management with the embattled London-based club, working with new chairman Nigel Travis to take the O's back up the table and into the Football League and all the financial incentives it offers. He will work to promote homegrown talent, play a distinctly English brand of football, and transform Leyton Orient into everyone's second favourite team, the plucky Londoners up against the wall. Most importantly, he will restore the sense of pride fans had in this club back in 2014, when they had just finished 3rd in League 1 and it seemed the world was their oyster. After 4 seasons of hardship, our manager wants to be the messiah.

This story will be told from the third person, with a combination of news reports, match reports and monthly reports. I like to incorporate graphics and slick presentation into my stories so hopefully it's easy on the eye. One of my all-time favourite stories was with Orient in FM15, and so it's been sad watching them slip down the table in the last couple of seasons. I hope I can restore them to their former glory and have fun while I do it.

ScottT's avatar Group ScottT 2018-10-18 19:00
gb 1850 posts 293 likes joined Apr 04, 2016
Good luck with this. Hopefully the start of a great story!
Justice's avatar Group Justice 2018-10-26 22:58
00 5484 posts 681 likes joined Feb 11, 2013
Your story writing skills are well known in these parts, I pray you treat us to some more!
JohnWarrington's avatar Group JohnWarrington 2018-10-26 23:01
gb 515 posts 8 likes joined Jan 07, 2016
Interested to see how James Alabi goes for you. Good luck
mgriffin2012's avatar Group mgriffin2012 2018-10-28 18:29
00 2960 posts 458 likes joined Nov 12, 2013
Really looking forward to this, Orient are a club in desperate need of revival and I'm sure you're the one to do it
Feliks's avatar Group Feliks 2019-02-17 16:26
au 2114 posts 292 likes joined May 18, 2014

Orient sack Edinburgh; new manager imminent

Vanarama National side Leyton Orient have sacked manager Justin Edinburgh after he guided them to a 13th placed finish in the league this season.

The ex-Spurs player was appointed in November after a horror start to the season for the O's and quickly reversed the club's fortunes, saving them from relegation and guiding them to a comfortable 13th. However, the 48 year old did not have his contract renewed and has been released from his contract.

The club have not yet released a statement but it is thought that Edinburgh's replacement is already imminent and may have been the reason he was let go so soon.

More to come.
ScottT's avatar Group ScottT 2019-02-17 16:30
gb 1850 posts 293 likes joined Apr 04, 2016
Glad to see this has returned. Edinburgh did well last season, after a very poor start under the previous management, so it comes as a surprise to see him leave. Interested to see who his replacement will be.
Justice's avatar Group Justice 2019-02-18 21:24
00 5484 posts 681 likes joined Feb 11, 2013
Modelling for Primark is on his CV, judging by that t-shirt.
Griffo's avatar Group Griffo 2019-02-23 06:06
au 1704 posts 189 likes joined May 20, 2014
Interesting save, good luck

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