Employees are still yet to hear anything on two months wages owed from the club’s board of directors with the side having been relegated on Saturday
LEYTON ORIENT staff have been forced out of their homes and cannot pay mortgages after owner Francesco Becchetti failed to pay wages.
Employees are still yet to hear anything about two months wages owed from the club’s Italian directors after the side were relegated to non-league for the first time on Saturday.
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While the PFA stepped in and loaned the players half of their wages, nothing has yet been done to help the loyal and long-serving backroom staff.
With no clarity on their situation and some having to move as they cannot pay rent, they have called for the FA and EFL to intervene on “growing mismanagement” at the club.
A statement was released by staff last week, but no-one from Becchetti’s camp was forthcoming with information – so they have spoken again for authorities to “act immediately on their behalf”.
The statement reads: “Further to our previous statement dated April 19 where we appealed to the club’s board of directors, we have been met with a wall of silence.
“We are now on the 24th day of the month and are yet to receive a payment of wages for March, with April due in only four days’ time.
“We are extremely concerned about the ongoing situation given the effect of non-payment of mortgages and rent are already resulting in staff having to relocate.
“Due to this we appeal to the English Football League (EFL) and the Football Association to intervene on our behalf as the regulatory bodies in the sport and demand substantive answers from the club’s board.
“It was previously reported that the EFL met with directors of the club in March where the club’s plans until the end of the season were outlined and financial reassurances were given.
“Having failed to have these plans communicated to us as staff, or even see evidence of such plans during the intervening weeks, it reinforces our grave concern regarding the financial stability of the club or its ability to pay outstanding debts.
“With two weeks of the season left before we fall out of the remit of the EFL, we call on you to act immediately and without delay on our behalf.
“With the growing mismanagement of football clubs in general we feel your intervention is essential in order to safeguard ourselves.”
Orient’s chief operating officer Vito Miceli refused to comment when staff would receive their wages when approached by a local journalist after the 3-0 defeat at Crewe that sealed their non-league fate last weekend.
It comes as former O’s owner Barry Hearn, who sold the club to Becchetti in 2014, has resigned from his position as honorary life president.
He has cited Becchetti as the reason for him quitting as he witnessed his former side go from the cusp of the Championship to the National League in under three years.
Hearn told Sky Sports News HQ: “I’ve written to Leyton Orient this morning, to Mr Becchetti and his lieutenant, to say I cannot possibly be associated with any business, and in particular Leyton Orient Football Club, that doesn’t pay its staff and doesn’t pay the wages in the normal course of business.”
“It’s a sad day for me, it was only an honorary role and a non-executive role, but I don’t want my name linked to the club under the current ownership.”
“This owner has got to go, he’s made a terrible mess of the club and he’s lost a lot of his own money.
“I am not happy to be associated with anyone who treats his staff and players like that- they’ve got their own lives, mortgages, kids etc.
“From today I am no longer the president of Leyton Orient Football Club, that doesn’t mean I will not be there to help in the future – but clearly something drastic has got to happen and it’s got to happen very quickly.”