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Leyton Orient trying to replace current medical staff ahead of Hartlepool United game

PUBLISHED: 19:45 16 April 2017

Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road (pic: Play With A Legend).

Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road (pic: Play With A Legend).

Mathew Parri Thomas 2016

Earlier this month club doctor Craig Rosenbloom resigned after he saw his job advertised online without knowing, having asked to be paid

Leyton Orient are understood to be trying to replace their current medical staff ahead of tomorrow’s game with Hartlepool United.

Earlier this month club doctor Craig Rosenbloom resigned after he saw his job advertised online without knowing, having asked to be paid before covering any more games.

And a similar situation appears to be happening regarding the current medical staff, who have yet to be paid, but continue to work.

Orient staff and players were due to be paid on Friday March 31 and despite several promises, the club still haven’t paid their employees.

The Professional Footballers’ Association stepped in on Thursday to loan the players half of their wages for March.

But the rest of the staff at the League Two club are yet to be paid and with mortgages and bills to pay, they are being forced to get out loans and credit cards.

O’s Academy Sports Scientist Michael Amoah is understood to have stepped down after failing to be paid, as he wasn’t at Luton Town on Friday.

And ahead of tomorrow’s match with Hartlepool, there is a genuine concern the game may not go ahead.

The fixture will not go ahead unless the Football League’s medical requirements for players, staff and crowd safety are met.

Orient’s medical staff have requested they all be paid to do the game, but none of their messages have received replies.

It seems the club are only willing to pay certain members of the medical staff ahead of tomorrow’s match rather than all of them.

And now it appears they are looking to bring other staff in to replace the current staff - who have worked for 17 days without being paid - despite the Hartlepool game taking place in less than 24 hours.

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