Hearn hoping Orient stick to script against Rotherham at Wembley
Leyton Orient owner and chairman Barry Hearn may well be thinking about adding a string to his already much-decorated bow.
He will watch the O’s, 19/10 with Coral, take on 6/5 shots Rotherham at Wembley, and has said they will have written the script for a new Cinderalla movie if they can crown their fairytale season with a win.
Hearn said: “I’ve been fortunate to have been involved in some massive events but this would be right up there if we got promoted. To go up with this squad with the budget they’ve got, being underdogs all year, would be a Cinderella story.
“It’s a fairy story. The club is Sleeping Beauty, Russell Slade is Prince Charming and he has kissed her and woken her up.”
A statement which is not too far from the truth; if the east London outfit secure victory, they will end a 32-year wait for second-tier football at Brisbane Road. Striker Chris Dagnall, who secured the victory against Peterborough in the semi-final second leg, is 13/2 to open the scoring at Wembley. Veteran Kevin Lisbie, who has been invaluable this term with 18 goals, is, 13/8 to net anytime.
Rotherham, meanwhile, have threats themselves. The Millers are aiming to secure back-to-back promotions under manager Steve Evans, who has earned high praise from O’s boss Russell Slade ahead of the game.
Slade said: “Rotherham have pace with Kieran Agard, physical strength with Alex Revell and Ben Pringle is very good on the floor and his delivery is excellent.
“I think Steve Evans is really under-rated, with the work he has done there. I’ve played him in the Conference, League Two and League One and all his teams are always tough to play against.”
Agard, who rounded off the scoring against Preston, is 5/1 to do so again, while Lee Frecklington – another on target in the semi second leg – is 5/2 to strike at any time.
Whether or not, if as Hearn says, the script is written, it can be safely said that Hollywood will not be giving him a call in the near future.