Mathieu Baudry says his former club Leyton Orient might need to take one step back to move forward - just like Doncaster Rovers.
League Two bottom side Orient, who host Rovers tomorrow, face a winding up order at the High Court on Monday over an unpaid tax bill although the club met EFL officials last week and assured them it would be paid.
Ex-Orient skipper Baudry is saddened by their plight and hopes owner Francesco Becchetti will sell the club - even if that means they find themselves in the National League next season.
“I think they need him to sell and start from scratch,” said Baudry. “If he doesn’t sell and they stay up, maybe it’s better for them to go down and he sells.
“I think we’ve seen it here. The club has used relegation as a new start and built some foundation. There’s a five-year plan here and that’s the way to go about things.
“They are not down yet. I’m hoping they can stay up.”
He added: “It hasn’t worked out for this chairman and I think he needs to realise it’s time for him to move on. Sometimes you’ve got to accept it’s not working.
“They need someone that really cares about the club. It needs to change.
“There’s no plan or anything, that’s what it looks like. We used to have foundation but they’ve gone away from that and the decisions seem to have become really random.
“I think they need to start from scratch and build a good foundation.”
Orient, who came within a whisker of reaching the Championship three years ago when they lost the League One play-off final to Rotherham on penalties, have had ten managers since Becchetti bought the club from Barry Hearn in July 2014.
Baudry speaks highly of the latest incumbent, Danny Webb, and has warned his Rovers teammates not to expect an easy ride tomorrow.
“The manager Danny Webb used to be with the youth team and he’s a great young coach,” said Baudry.
“He’s decided to go with the hungry young lads because they had a good run in the FA Youth Cup.
“It’s a difficult situation for him and what’s going on around him and higher up needs to change.
“But from what I’ve heard the young lads are giving everything.
“They’re not going to be easy to beat on Saturday because they’re fearless and they will give everything they have got.”