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Updated: Matt Porter surprised having been forced to resign from Leyton Orient board by owner Francesco Becchetti

13:24 01 October 2014

Former Leyton Orient board of director Matt Porter. Pic: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Former Leyton Orient board of director Matt Porter. Pic: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

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Matt Porter expressed his shock at being asked to resign from the board of directors at Leyton Orient.

Porter was appointed as Chief Executive of the club back in 2006 and in doing so, became the youngest Chief Executive at the time.

Since the takeover he has been helping new owner and chairman Francesco Becchetti and his staff as a board member, however received dialogue on Monday afternoon from his successor Alessandro Angelieri asking him to resign.

Porter is disappointed that his hand has been forced by the Becchetti, and his statement read: “On Monday afternoon I was surprised to receive an email from Alessandro Angelieri, the Chief Executive of Leyton Orient, asking me to resign from the board of directors.

“The reason I was given for this request is that the Club’s owner, Francesco Becchetti, ‘would prefer that the board of directors is kept as small as possible’.

“During and since the takeover, I had been happy and willing to continue serving as a director to assist the new staff with their integration in to the Club and to provide an element of continuity from the previous regime, as agreed with the new owner.

“However, to my disappointment, the position has now changed and as requested, I submitted my resignation on Tuesday afternoon, effective immediately.”

His resignation means he will no longer be able to sit on the Football League board, which he was only appointed to in June.

Porter expressed his pride at the work he has done at the club, adding: “It was in March 2006 when Barry Hearn asked me if I’d like to be the Chief Executive of the Football Club, five years after I had begun working there, and it was a position I served with dedication and pride from start to finish.

“We came so close to achieving the unthinkable and I have some wonderful memories that will live with me forever. We left the Club in great shape, on and off the pitch and we did our best for it in every way.

“I wish the Club, its hard working staff and players and wonderfully loyal fans every success and thank everyone who has supported and helped me over the years. Up the O’s.”

However in a club statement released in the last hour, it suggested an agreement was always in place between the two parties that would end in Porter leaving after a certain period of time, and fails to mention about Chief Executive Alessandro Angelieri’s email to the outgoing board member.

The club statement read: “The Leyton Orient owner and board of directors would to like to sincerely thank Matt Porter for his cooperation and willingness to stay on the board of the club during the transition period between the old and new regimes.

“The agreement was limited to this period which has now terminated. Mr Porter has therefore left the board and we wish him great success in his career at Matchroom. We also trust that Mr. Porter will remain a big Orient fan going forwards.”

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