Brentford head coach Dean Smith has been left saddened by the plight former club Leyton Orient face.
The O's currently face a winding up order over an unpaid tax-bill of £250,000 after being horrendously mismanaged by owner Francesco Becchetti.
Having been close to a Championship berth in 2014, losing in the play-off final to Rotherham on penalties, Orient are facing the possibility of extinction.
Smith, who made over 300 appearances for Orient, said: “I'm disappointed and shocked to be honest and the supporters there don't deserve that. I played 300 games for them and youth team manager and assistant manager.
“When I left they were finding their feet in League One. They missed out on penalties and it's been a downward spiral since Barry Hearn sold the club. They look like a club that's been neglected.”
Becchetti's disgraceful ownership of Leyton Orient have led to calls from fans wanting to change the rules regarding the fit and proper persons test that would disqualify the Italian.
The Brentford head coach added: “It's hard for me to say. I don't know the ins and outs of the fit and proper persons criteria.
“I know Barry Hearn very well and know he wouldn't have sold the club to someone who wasn't going to do well for it. He's got a strong affinity for the club. I don't think anybody could forsee it.
“I hear about the monies being put into the club when Barry left and the wages some were earning. The speculation was that money should have got the team lifted but eight managers in a short space of time says differently.”
Becchetti's hire and fire approach is a concern for Smith, who feels the pain of other managers when they are axed.
He explained: “It concerns me a lot. I was disappointed for Claudio Ranieri the other week which made all the headlines.
“A lot of other managers lose their jobs and a lot have lost their job at Leyton Orient in two years.”