Chief Executive Danny Macklin to leave post

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Leyton Orient’s Chief Executive Danny Macklin is set to leave the club, following four years in the role.

Having first joined in 2017, Danny will now leave the club to pursue different opportunities – and Chairman Nigel Travis has praised his efforts for the club.

“After four fabulous years as our Chief Executive Officer, Danny Macklin has decided this is the perfect time for him to pursue a more entrepreneurial opportunity in setting up a new consultancy.”

“As a result, he will be leaving the Club at the end of February, and he obviously leaves with our very good wishes for great success in the future.”

“During his time with the Club, he has helped to mastermind our way out the National League, handle in a very sensitive way the repercussions of the passing of our Head Coach, Justin Edinburgh, as well as navigating through all the ramifications of COVID.”

“He has demonstrated strong skills as our CEO and will be very much missed.  He has left large boots to fill, and we are actively starting a search commencing today.”

“Until Danny leaves it will be business as normal and he will be fully engaged in making Leyton Orient an even better Club for the future.”

From left to right: Josh Stephens, Commercial Manager, Harry Kane, Charlie Kane, Danny Macklin.

A big thankyou…

“Well, where to start. Firstly this has been the most difficult decision I have taken in my career and one I have not taken lightly – I am moving onto pastures new as part of a venture alongside a former colleague and very good friend.”

The four years has had it all from the euphoria of the Braintree Town game in 2019 to the tragedy of Justin’s passing. The pandemic has seen the Club’s hardworking staff become even more dynamic, creative and determined.

I have been fortunate enough to work with the very best board in football, here at Leyton Orient, led by Nigel and Kent. I have been blessed with exceptionally hard working, dedicated and creative staff that often are the true unsung heroes.

The Club is equally blessed with exceptional loyal support. I pride myself on being a hard-working, forward thinking and engaging CEO, a CEO fans can ask any questions of, anytime.

I would like to also thank Matt Porter for his on-going support – his experience in the role has been so valuable. Likewise, through the hard work of Marshall Taylor he ensured I was able to look forward in the role rather than looking back – Marshall cleared the historic issues and for that I will always be grateful.

“Thank you to every person connected to this great Club, a Club with a proud heritage and an exciting, sustainable and enjoyable future ahead.”

The work the board does behind the scenes utilises their experience whether that be the analytical approach of Coley or the streaming expertise of David the Club is in very, very good hands. The skillset that exists in the board has certainly been further strengthened with the new board Directors of Nick, Coley and new investors complementing the likes of Rich Emmett (who always asks the question or offers a suggestion no-one has thought of yet).

The thanks and appreciation rightly goes on and that is to Martin Ling – working alongside Martin for four years has been thoroughly enjoyable and he is certainly someone I will miss day-to-day – the season-on-season improvement is testament to his approach and the launch of our own Women’s Team and continued success of the Academy are why Martin is rightly an Orient legend.

I would like to pay specific thanks to each and every one of the Club’s Sponsors and Partners. Whilst I would like to name them all I would specifically like to give huge thanks to Tim Breyer and his Breyer Group team for his extensive, on-going support of the Club as Ground Naming Rights Sponsor. Furthermore, Harry Kane and his team have created a truly unique partnership which has and will continue to provide exceptional coverage for deserving charity partners whilst raising the Club’s global exposure and providing all-important revenue for the Club.

The support of our fan groups, LOSC and LOFT, plus the various podcasts and fanzines really make our Club what it is – thanks for all you do.

I will soon look forward to watching ‘Real Football in the Capital’ as a fan, something I was not four years ago, as Leyton Orient has truly entered, and is not leaving, the blood!

Finally, I would like to thank my amazing and understanding family Claire and two children, Harry & Jacob – I have put my life and soul into the CEO role which has required me to often stay in East London a few nights a week to help get the job done.

Thank you to every person connected to this great Club, a Club with a proud heritage and an exciting, sustainable and enjoyable future ahead. Up the O’s!

The club will be sharing details of how to apply for the CEO vacancy imminently.