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LOFT sets out ‘fit and proper Orient’ test
5/28/2017

One of the striking features of the past 3 years of Francesco Becchetti's ownership of Leyton Orient, has been that the FA/EFL 'Owners and Directors Test' is not in any way adequate to test the suitability of a club owner.

Those 3 years have also shown without question that simply having faith in an owner to do the right thing for the club's wellbeing is not sufficient, especially where that owner will not engage with supporters.

It is already clear that the club must change ownership soon in order to move forward and plan for next season. Once that happens, any new owner – whoever that may be – will have LOFT's initial welcome. That owner must however expect to come under scrutiny from all supporters – not just LOFT – about their reasons for purchasing Leyton Orient, their intentions and their plans.

Given the way Leyton Orient has been grossly mismanaged since 2014, the Board of LOFT wishes to set out some basic principles that we believe any prospective buyer of the club should be able to commit to, to show that it is 'fit and proper' to own and manage the club in the interests of all supporters.

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Supporter engagement

Having suffered the tragic and entirely avoidable decline of their football club in the past 3 years, Orient fans simply will not tolerate another owner whose actions do not match their words. Any new owner who has Leyton Orient's best interests at heart should therefore have no problem committing to the above test of a fit and proper owner of the club.

In contrast to the FA/EFL rules with respect to eligibility, LOFT pledges to remain ever vigilant of how the club is being run, and reserves the right to withhold its support from any buyer who might, for whatever reason, have any of the above brought into question.




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