Leeds United chiefs

Michael Brown has paid credit to Victor Orta for the role he has played in the “growth” of Leeds United since his arrival.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds midfielder believes that although Marcelo Bielsa is getting all the plaudits, it has been a collective effort at Elland Road.

Speaking to Sky Sports News on Monday (5 October, 21:30), managing director Angus Kinnear revealed that other clubs were interested in recruiting the Spanish director of football but that Leeds had no intention of letting him leave.

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani

Brown admits that not every new signing under Orta has impressed but that the former Middlesbrough chief has played a crucial role in getting the club back to the Premier League.

Brown told Football Insider: “I think if you look at Victor, there were managerial changes, the recruitment side of it, trying to change the mentality and playing style.

“Sometimes you get close with certain squads and you think you’ve got it but it’s football and all of a sudden it just changes. You’re always trying to make it better.

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“Some he’ll have got right, some he’ll have got wrong and there’s interest in him because of the growth.

“It’s a collective thing at Leeds United, Bielsa’s getting the credit but look all around the club with everybody, they’re all obviously on the same page.” 

Kinnear told Sky Sports: “Victor’s been a massive part of our success, both in the Championship and the squad that he’s building in the Premier League.

“There is interest from other clubs in Victor, it doesn’t surprise us but we’re not letting him go anywhere and if they saw his behaviour in the director’s box, they wouldn’t want him either.” 

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