According to reports from Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post Victor Orta was offered the Deportivo job after all, but also turned in down during last week to stay at Leeds United. It’s fair to say that the news hasn’t gone down well at all amongst fans.
Orta was expected to go when the interest and offer was revealed in the press but he has decided that Leeds is the better option for him. Much of the criticism this season has been aimed in his direction and it’s fair to say it’s a surprise he decided he was staying, in fact yesterday chants of “Victor Orta, get out of our club” could be heard, a bizarre situation for a director of football at any club. Orta will now focus on one of the most important summers in our recent history, either we continue the way we are heading right now which is backwards or we regroup and rethink everything we did last summer and get going again next season. Leeds fans aren’t happy that money will be spent again by Orta.
One argument is that Orta hasn’t been given the money he needs to help us progress and I don’t think many can disagree with that either, Andrea Radrizzani sets the budgets and it is widely know that those budgets aren’t great at all, in fact they are mid-table at best in the second tier of English football. Orta has done very well in one aspect of the club, the academy. He has spent the money well and that is obvious in the performances and results we are seeing. Some of the young players coming from the UK and abroad have really helped kick on the local lads as well and a couple are now flourishing in the first-team. A big summer for Leeds United, and it’s in the hands of Victor Orta.