Nigel Travis praises hard work of Leyton Orient's new director Kent Teague
PUBLISHED: 21:03 22 June 2017 | UPDATED: 21:03 22 June 2017
New chairman of National League club discusses partner and how he started thinking about buying Orient over two years ago
New Leyton Orient chairman Nigel Travis has hailed director Kent Teague as one of the hardest working individuals he knows after completing his purchase of the east London club today.
The life-long fan ended a contracted takeover process this afternoon by finally agreeing a deal to purchase O’s off Italian Francesco Becchetti.
Travis headed a business consortium called Eagle Investments 2017 Limited with Teague a key part of the group.
The pair will now look to rebuild the east London club with the help of interim chief executive and future consortium investor Marshall Taylor.
Orient’s new chairman revealed earlier that several announcements can be expected over the coming days.
Despite only purchasing the club this afternoon, Travis and Teague have been putting in plenty of hard graft over the recent months.
“Kent is a great guy and a fun guy and has been looking at buying a football club for some time,” said Travis.
“He is one of the hardest workers I have ever come across and we have a 5.30 US time conference call every morning.
“We have been doing it now for 10 weeks. Every single day of the week, so that is how committed we are to building Leyton Orient. It nearly kills you talking at 5.30 in the morning, but it is worth it.”
Travis spoke passionately about the club he has supported since he was a boy and is originally from Woodford.
He explained how his relationship with Teague developed and the confidence they have about succeeding at Brisbane Road.
“I have spent 40-odd years working in human resources and running businesses. We have been working for about five months and I am about running organisations,” said Travis.
“We will be putting in place a Director of Football and a CEO and we will let them run the business, but I want everyone to know I am a fan.
“I didn’t set out to buy a football club. I started this process about two-and-a-half years ago thinking about what we need to do to save the club.
“The consortium has come together over the last three to four months and I am absolutely indebted to Kent Teague, who I found through a third party mutual friend.
“Kent is from Texas where I used to live, but I didn’t know him before, although I do very well now! I think we are going to be great owners and we are looking forward to having a great relationship not only with the fans, but with the players and the press.
“I think a point I need to make is that this is a personal investment and nothing to do with Dunkin or Baskin, but for the next year I promise my colleagues I will continue to sponsor the club as I have for the last few years, so when you see Dunkin and Baskins at the ground that is the brand I have paid for myself.”
After months of worry, Orient fans have at long last received the news they wanted and the future looks bright for the east London club.
Travis and Teague know it is not going to be an easy ride and especially with the new National League season starting in just over six weeks.
Patience is required for the pair to help O’s rebuild following a disastrous three years under Becchetti, but what Orient now have is people involved at Brisbane Road again who truly know what the club is about.
Travis, and it seems Teague, understand exactly why being an O’s fan is so special and that should lead to positives occurring going forward.