After a dreadful few seasons Leyton Orient dropped out of the football league , just 5 seasons ago Orient were finishing in the play off places in League One. However the O’s are back on the up currently 1st in with a game in hand. Will we see Leyton Orient back in the football league next season?
Francesco Becchetti bought Leyton Orient in 2014 for 4 million. Orient had just lost the League One play off final to Rotherham. Despite the damaging defeat the Leyton Orient board expected that this was the start of a bright future . Nonetheless their future was far from bright , the O’s finished 23rd in League One the following season , and were relegated to League Two. The 2015/2016 season wasn’t tremendous either as Leyton Orient finished the season 8th place 6 points a drift of the play off places. Orient had considerable complications off the pitch, the board were struggling to pay the players wages , Becchetti lead the club into big debts.
The 2015/2016 season likewise saw key players depart the club. The 2016/2017 season was arguably the worst in Leyton Orients 138 year history. The O’s finished rock bottom of League Two the fans were noticeably exasperated at the situation and rightfully blamed the owner Francesco Becchetti.
How have Orient turned it around?
In the 2017/2018 season Leyton Orient had a mediocre season notwithstanding one considerable accomplishment was that Francesco Becchetti had sold the club. Life long Leyton Orient fan took over the club in 2017. The O’s finished 13th which was destitute on the field , although it was great Leyton Orient had stability back in the club. The 2018/2019 season has been a triumph for Leyton Orient. However the promotion race is expected to go down to the wire. The O’s have a exceptional record on the road picking up 33 points in 18 games and are front runners to win the National League.
Their win against Wrexham on Saturday could be a pivotal match in Leyton Orients promotion bid. Clean sheets have not been a dispute for Orient this season managing an impressive 15 from 36. Orient have been able to make the Brisbane road a fortress losing just 3 times there this season. The Orient fans are delighted to have the winning feeling around the stadium again and the whole positivity around the place.
Leyton Orients Macauley Bonne has been exquisite in front of goal this season , scoring 21 times contributing in a third of Orients goals this season. Josh Marvin Ekpiteta has been superb since breaking into the first team.
The O’s have stuck with manager Justin Edinburgh since his appointment in November 2017. Many orient fans rate him highly as he has transformed the team to title challenging with no major changes in personnel. Despite going through 11 managers under the ownership of Becchetti . The Orient fans will be expecting a return to the football league this season , however the O’s run in of fixtures appears to be tough which could be costly come the end of the season.
Do you think Orient will return to the football league this season?