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Kevin Nolan "gutted" with Leyton Orient plight

Joe Jones

Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has expressed sadness at the plight of former club Leyton Orient.

The 34-year-old was appointed as player-manager at Brisbane Road in January 2016, but despite winning seven of his 15 games in charge, was downgraded to player when Andy Hessenthaler took the reins in April.

A further three months passed before Nolan left the club altogether, and Orient's loss was County's gain as he has so far taken the Magpies from the brink of relegation to the brink of safety.

Meanwhile, Orient have plunged into crisis under owner Francesco Becchetti, with the O's having been before the High Court over a tax debt to HMRC and all but consigned to the non-league next season.

Nolan told the Nottingham Post: "I loved Orient and I am so gutted to see what is happening there now.

"I am devastated for those involved, because there are a lot of good people there. What's happening is tragic. I hope they do bounce back if they do go down.

"It's a tough league when you get relegated. It's just a sad, sad situation to see what's happening.

"That's gone and it's in my past now and I can't worry about it. I can only wish them all the best and that's genuinely from my heart."

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I think most fans across the English leagues will wish clubs like Orient well, this type of thing shouldn't happen and it further shows just how unfit the approval system is for takeovers.

I am sure they will be fine in the end.

Portsmouth survived and I can easily see Orient becoming another fan owned team.

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i sympathise but would rather read about my own club. not sure what the post are clutching onto my asking questions which would lead to these answers.

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