Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hearn I Wont Sack Taylor to Appease Fans

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hearn I Wont Sack Taylor to Appease Fans

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LEYTON ORIENT chairman Barry Hearn has warned supporters they are wasting their time calling for manager Tommy Taylor to be sacked.

Angry fans directed abuse towardsHearn in the dismal 3-1 defeat against Luton on Tuesday, pleading for Taylor to be axed.

Hearn insists he will not make a rash decision on the back of one poor result and will certainly not be influenced by what the fans have to say.

Instead, he was quick to blast the players who failed to show any kind of commitment during the 90 minutes.

He said: "The crowd shouting for 'Taylor out' is predictable and they are entitled to their opinion.

"Fortunately, for Tommy Taylor, I am entitled to my own views. I will not panic on one result, but there are a lot of questions to be asked about some of our players' commitment, which is more worrying.

"I've been successful in my career and there will be a point when I say 'enough is enough'.

"I have been known to make the odd, harsh decision during my time, but the timing has to be right.

"It was a bad defeat by Luton, but it doesn't make the whole season bad.

"I am as disappointed as everybody else and Tommy knows that. I just hope the players do because manager or no manager, I expect more from my players, who I am paying good money.

"It is the same group of lads who beat Bristol Rovers a few weeks ago and played great football.

"Each player should look at their own performance and ask if they were proud of what they did.

Those who say 'yes' should go somewhere else."

This is not the first time Hearn has had to tackle angry fans. Just two seasons ago, they staged several protests outside the ground when the club were struggling at the foot of the Third Division.

One fan even dressed up in a cardboard box with anti-Hearn slogans that prompted Hearn to go and tell him to stay in his box. …

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