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Hearn returns to Orient as Honorary President

Former Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn has been named as honorary president of the Vanarama National League club, just three months after resigning from the position.

The club's failure to pay staff in March led to Hearn leaving the role one month later.

At the time Hearn told BBC Radio 5 live his decision to quit was "not a statement that's anti-club, it's a statement that's anti-owner".

"I'm not prepared to put up with this sort of thing at a club my name is associated with," he added.

"The moment that owner is no longer there it's a different question and I'm available to help wherever I can."

The owner at the time was Italian millionaire Francesco Becchetti but he left the club last week when a consortium led by lifelong supporter Nigel Travis completed a takeover.

Former player and manager Martin Ling returned as Director of Football and now former chairman Hearn has also returned to Brisbane Road.

"I have always been a fan and right now I couldn't be any happier for Orient as a club," said Hearn.

"I think it is another statement of how well Nigel and his team have started to turn this club around already."

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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