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From The Boardroom: Leyton Orient

11 February 2019

Raj Singh Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Chairman Raj Singh

We take a look back at the Chairman's column from Saturday's Matchday Programme.

Good afternoon and welcome back to The Super 6 Stadium.

During the last week or so lots has been made of Richard Money’s departure and from the Club and the criticism from some quarters at myself and the Board for the appointment. One thing I will say is that over the years and having employed hundreds of people and interviewed dozens more, you can never guarantee how it’s going to work out down the line.

You can look at the CVs, do your homework, ask all the right questions and get the references but you just don’t know whether that person is going to be the right fit for the job until they’re in the work place. This sort of thing has happened before in my other businesses and now it’s happened with Richard.

I think that results following his appointment as Manager were not good and they spoke for themselves. I think Richard was having a few doubts about his ability to carry out the Manager’s role at the Club.

Even so, we did feel he had something to offer the Club being utilised in a different role but after a few days Richard changed his mind again and felt it wasn’t for him. You can make decisions with the best will in the world but how do you foresee the way circumstances can unfold and employee’s personal mindsets can change so quickly?

In one of my early interviews following his appointment as Manager, I stated that I felt Richard was the type of guy where what you see is what you get, and he was honest and straight-talking. With that in mind, he has now walked away without any pay-off from the Club, which is something he would have been fully entitled to.

He’s saved the Club thousands of pounds with that decision and I have the utmost respect for Richard for doing that. I do believe there is a certain way of conducting yourself in these sorts of business dealings when things don’t work out and so I would like to wish him all the best for the future.

Now we see Craig Hignett is back in the fold as Manager of the First Team. We all know what a committed and hard-working member of the team he is so I know for certain that he will be giving 110% to get the results on the pitch that we are all desperate to see. I wish him every success in his new role.

The developments over the past few weeks have allowed us to step back and take stock of things and review the overall structure at the Club. I do still believe that there is a place for someone in a similar role to the one Craig filled when we first arrived at the Club.

Perhaps there is someone out there with the necessary skills and experience of football that can come in and help us fill that gap on a voluntary basis. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a full-time role but if there is someone out there who can come in and make a contribution and lend their experience then we’ll be open to it.

We’re always looking for new people to come on board who can offer us something different, whether that is football knowledge or business experience and that search will continue because we want to do as much work as we can to ensure this Football Club is successful.

Enjoy the game today and thank you for your ongoing support.


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