Leyton Orient held its first stakeholder meeting on Friday night – an event which will occur 3-4 times a year to gauge feedback on key areas, and to help improve.
The impact of COVID-19 on the Club
Again, the majority of these sound issues are out of our control but we do have the ability to address these audio inconsistencies in-house and actually our investment into our studio equipment has come to our rescue a couple of times where other teams have not been so lucky.
We have had conversations about this matter. We are in constant dialogue on how we can continue to grow our international viewers. We are also considering airing the pre-match / post-match show for free on Facebook/Youtube when fans return.
The Return of Crowds
At the moment it is not at the top of our agenda. It is exceptionally expensive, most likely a 7 figure number, and a long process of installing.
There has been no dialogue between us, the EFL or anyone regarding this. There have been discussions about loan players from the Premier League.
We are in dialogue with the council about this, we are visiting potential sites for people to be able to park in. The hockey arena has now become available which will be a massive help on matchdays. We are looking into alternative routes for people to take i.e. part journey drive, part journey public transport.
We expect it to be dictated by gate receipts that have been lost between March and now.
We are constantly evaluating the credit scheme and taking feedback on board from fans. We are trying to maximise the value of all Season Cards but we are trying to find the balance between value for fans and addressing the projected £3m loss.
We can’t raise the area due to us potentially blocking other fans’ views. We are looking to crack down on fans standing up in these areas.
We are currently looking at launching an international membership this season and looking to launching official fan clubs around the world. We are also in the process of forming partnerships with clubs all around the world.
The criticisms of the project were the loss of governance of the league and filtering B teams into the lower leagues. We were in favour of the project due to the international potential of the project.
We will look into this; it seems like a plausible idea.
We have a couple of projects which may move the replacement of the pitch forward. We don’t think artificial pitches will be in the EFL any time soon. We are keen on Desso and SIS pitches.
We believe it is a great chance to give players pitch time and it gets very interesting when you get to the quarter-final stage.
The transfer window opens in Jan and we have been having dialogue and believe we could do with 1 or 2 more loanees. Martin says look at the table after 15 games. We are happy with where we are, but we know we can improve of how we have started, we believe we can push for playoffs.