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Owners Can Ruin Football Clubs. Fact. Why Do They Do It? 

Three of our best known football league clubs are in trouble. Two played in the top tier not so long ago . How can this happen? They all played one night last week 

  1. Orient. Or as it should be Leyton Orient. The club has had more managers this season than home wins and currently is second from bottom in league 2 and nonleague looks a realistic prospect next season. 2660 fans turned up to watch a 1-0 home defeat against Morecambe. Another club in financial trouble. Only a few seasons ago Orient were beaten in a playoff final for promotion to the Championship. The theme behind the fans concerns is the ownership of the club and the behaviour of the owners. 
  2. Coventry had 11,672 watching them play Wycombe. This sounds positive until one realises that this is the semi-final of the Checkatrade trophy and Coventry sit bottom of league 1 having won 4 of their 29 games scoring a meagre 23 goals. They are effectively 9 points from safety and look doomed. The owners Sisu are at war it seems with the fans . 
  3. Blackpool. It seems only yesterday that Blackpool were in the premiership under the maverick manager Ian Holloway. Under the care of the Oyston family the club has plummeted down the league and resides in a mid-table league 2 position. Their crowd last night for the 0-0 game versus Crawley was a meagre 2080

Why do owners allow their clubs to fail like this? In each of the three cases it is not so clear what the gain for the owners really is. I don’t have the answer.  But for an owner to oversee such catestrophic failures of the extent that conceivably each of these teams could be non-league or not even in existence in a few seasons is far from a miserable speculative view. What is their gain? Can it simply be pure management incompetence? Surely no commercial gain!

Similar stories are heard at Charlton and Blackburn. Blackburn won the league not that long ago and are making a series of catastrophic managerial appointments seemingly twice a season. What Tony Mowbray will bring to them is beyond me. 

More Bizarre Going Ons at Leyton Orient. President charged with kicking Assistant Manager

Seems there has been enough circus at Leyton Orient over the last few years with the demise of the club from being a fellow promotion contender with Brentford from league 1 to now a fairly average league 2 side seemingly shorn of their better players.

The recent incident however after the boxing day victory over Portsmouth takes some beating where their president Francesco Becchetti  has been charged by the FA for allegedly kicking Andy Hessentaller the assistant manager after the game and after their 3-2 victory which ended 10 a side. I leave you to form your own judgement here in the clip.



Orient 2 Brentford 0

On arriving home from this game I was about to enter into a full-scale rant but the events around Muamba are so much more important. Nevertheless this was an abysmal performance by Brentford. There was little effort, leadership or anything positive. A huge number of fans braved the Central line to Brisbane Road and were frankly let down. £25 to get in was the first unpleasant surprise. The quality of Brentford’s football was the second. The ground itself is a curious affair. Anyone who cares can look on my football grounds website and see what it used to be like. Now it has housing developments on each corner and the main stand is a mixture of football stand, medical polyclinic and offices. People sit on their balconies and watch the football for free from the corner of the ground.

What can I say about the game? Orient worked harder, were an average side and deserves their win. Harlee Dean the central defender for Brentford was dreadful, but none were much better. Simon Moore the keeper seemed allergic to catching the ball. Before the game Uwe Rosler told us he had a master plan to beat Orient. I can only imagine that the first part of this plan resembled a cunning plan from Baldrick, to gift the opposition two goals. The second part of this masterpiece- not, was to then take off the only two players who looked like making anything happen. I am not a fan of Niall McGinn, but today he seemed to resemble being in the right place a few times, and maybe our best player Saido Berahino, were taken off. Their replacements did zero all second half.

The main stand where Bees fans were also resembled a derelict ground. Many seats had been pulled out or off long ago, replacements were randomised to colour and type ( wood or plastic) or simply not replaced. Appalling for a club that charges £25 a seat.

Anyway confirmation that Brentford have gone backwards this season under Rosler. Not all or maybe many, agree with me, but thats my opinion, right or wrong. Two of our best players left the club, effectively our only strikers, the replacements none of them have gone down a storm. Some of our best players have hardly figured this season,Bean and Weston. We have not developed a team partially because we are full of loan players. end of rant. Also end of me going to away games this season.

The idyllic seating for 25£ for away fans

Curious stand come polyclinic

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