O's chief considers new home

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Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn is considering moving the club to a new home on the 2012 Olympic Park.

Hearn has opposed the decision to name West Ham as preferred bidders to move into the Olympic Stadium. Orient are the club closest to the Olympic Stadium site, and Hearn believe their existence would be threatened by the arrival of the Hammers.

But Hearn said a meeting with Waltham Forest Council leader Chris Robbins has given him encouragement, after learning the club can count on their support and want to keep Orient in the borough. "For the first time I actually felt a glimmer of hope," Hearn told The Guardian.

"It was totally their idea. They don't want to lose us. In a way the benefits of this FA Cup run have crystallised their thinking on what's important to their community. At the moment I'm keeping all my options open - and threatening to sue everybody."


Hearn said the council had proposed Orient looking at land for a new home on the Eton Manor site, which has been redeveloped for the Olympics.

"We talked about making some kind of presentation to the OPLC - saying there might be a deal to build a new stadium, the Olympic Community Stadium, where I would bring Orient and, also, I think, Saracens Rugby Club, because they're good friends of mine and they're very keen to move," Hearn said.

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