Well, isn’t this odd?
This blog has been inactive for the past three years and in that time there is no way to truly describe what has unravelled at Brisbane Road. If there can be any good time to resuscitate this blog it would probably be now, just before the start of the 2017/18 season. Ironic, some may say, considering Orient have dropped out of the football league after a 112 year stay. However, none can argue that the club looks bright again after an extremely dark spell under the ownership of Italian, Francesco Becchetti.
How a club can be so awfully run that you are forced to field a team of youngsters who are not even being paid is beyond me. How one man can single-handedly dismantle and liquidate a club in the space of three years, hiring and firing 11 managers during that time is yet again, beyond me.
More disheartening truly, is the destruction of all the progress that occurred under Barry Hearn, who many supporters also felt a connection with. From 2-0 up in a Play-Off final to the Championship to now the fifth division of English football, which changes names about as frequently as Jason Bourne but at the time of writing is simply, The National League. As fans we now have to accept that Leyton Orient is currently one division above becoming a semi-professional football club.
With all this taken into consideration, you may be questioning how this could be a good time to reopen this blog. In spite of our position in the league, or technically not in the league, this does feel somewhat like a renascence for our club with a lot of previous people coming back to the club who had nothing but a positive impact. David Mooney, fan favourite, being the most notable but also great changes to the backroom staff.
For the first time in a while there seems to be optimism at Leyton Orient, not exactly resemblant of the positivity of the 2013/14 season but far better than over the last few seasons where we have witnessed nothing but capitulation and relegation.
I suppose a positive to take from last season’s atrocious display is the talents of some of the youngsters who were given the chance, really did shine through. Steven Alzate and Tristan Abrahams being two that stood out to me, personally. With our current squad we should be able to make our way back into the football league in no time, but when have we heard that before? As an Orient fan I have learned to be a realist and never an optimist but I should be allowed to have some hope in the bloody National League?! You’d pray.
We will achieve promotion this year, you heard it at The Lower Tier first.