League Two: Leyton Orient manager walks out on crisis-laden club after just two months

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Danny Webb quits as Leyton Orient manager after only two months
Danny Webb quits as Leyton Orient manager after only two months

Danny Webb has resigned as Leyton Orient manager after only two months in charge, becoming the tenth man to leave the role in less than three years under the club’s ownership by Francesco Becchetti.

News of the 33-year-old’s departure comes 10 days after a winding-up petition against the League Two club was adjourned until 12 June to give the owner more time to settle outstanding debts and possibly sell the club. Becchetti has said he would be interested in selling up but no deal has yet been secured.

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Webb stepped up from his youth team coaching role in late January and given the task of keeping a thin squad in the Football League. But Orient’s young and inexperienced side have won only two matches since and Webb had talked of his frustration at the uncertainty off the pitch.

Speaking after last Saturday’s 0-3 defeat at Crawley Town, the team’s fourth loss in succession, Webb said: “I am certainly going to try and ask the chairman questions. We are all in limbo. I am out of contract at the end of the season and the frustrating thing is I am trying to think ahead and think about the future when I am not guaranteed a future.”

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The goalkeeping coach Martin Brennan has also left the club. Webb’s assistant, Omer Riza, will take over in the manager’s job.

A club statement said: “Omer Riza will take over duties of first team manager until the end of the season, and his first game in charge will be Saturday’s home Sky Bet League Two game against Wycombe Wanderers. He’s very determined to make sure that the team finishes the season strong and he’s looking forward for the challenge.”

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