Leyton Orient boss Omer Riza brings in friend Neale Fenn to help out and give club much-needed stability
PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 April 2017
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The O’s players and staff still haven’t been paid their wages for March, but have been told they should receive them tomorrow
Omer Riza believes it is important Leyton Orient try to keep as much stability as possible throughout the club despite the constant change at the top.
Although the tenure of an O’s boss is rarely longer than three months now, the one constant over the last couple of years has been the success of the academy.
When Riza stepped up to take charge of the first-team, he was initially assisted by Peter Gill and Frederico Morais in his first match against Wycombe Wanderers.
But the Orient manager has now appointed Neale Fenn as his assistant until the end of the season, which allows Gill and Morais to continue working with the academy.
Riza said: “I have known Neale a long time and it is hard enough when people don’t know what is happening on the outside.
“Then you hear certain things, so I wanted to make sure we kept everything in a professional manner.
“We are Leyton Orient Football Club and we have to try and make sure people know what is going on the best we can.
“Neale is in place now until the end of the season and Erbil Bozkurt has stepped up as goalkeeper coach, so we have some stability.
“We haven’t had the stability that we have needed, but our coaching staff now have to remain stable and that will help us.”
After Riza was sent to the stands against Wycombe, Morais was the leading figure on the touchline and it was incorrectly reported that he was the under-14s coach.
But with Riza serving a one-match touchline ban at Cambridge United last weekend, Fenn was the one issuing instructions.
The 40-year-old has represented the O’s before as a player when he enjoyed a brief loan spell at Brisbane Road while contracted at Tottenham Hotspur in 1998.
But the appointment of Fenn did raise a few eyebrows, with the Orient staff and players still waiting for their wages for March.
Many onlookers were perplexed as to how the club could bring in another employee when they still haven’t paid current employees, but Riza conceded his new number two is in the same boat as everyone.
Orient’s staff and players were told they would receive their wages for March last Thursday (April 6), but were informed the day before that they had to wait a few more days before receiving payment.
Club employees are still waiting for their wages to be paid, although the players have been told they should receive their wages tomorrow (Thursday).
However, staff at the club are not too optimistic that they or the players will be paid tomorrow after previous broken promises.