New Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has showed that he is out of his depth at Elland Road after claiming he will have any say over the club’s transfer activity while he is at the helm.
The Whites are one of the few clubs who operate with a hierarchy which includes a director of football, with Victor Orta having control of the incomings and outgoings for the senior squad.
However Heckingbottom has stated that he feels as though it will be a joint effort when it comes to securing new players for the club, and his belief shows the naivety he has after his appointment as the latest manager.
He was quoted by Phil Hay’s personal Twitter account as saying: “How I see the head coach’s role – involved in the start, involved in the process, you work through the squad, look at what you need and identify the targets with the recruitment department.
“Then they go out and find them. We work together.”
Heckingbottom on transfers: "How I see the head coach’s role – involved in the start, involved in the process, you work through the squad, look at what you need and identify the targets with the recruitment department. Then they go out and find them. We work together."
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) February 8, 2018
Orta is known for taking charge of the transfer dealings and more times than not, the targets are decided by him and not the manager.
Departing boss Thomas Christiansen may have seen a whole host of players come to the club over the summer but questions will be asked how many of those were his choice, with the likes of Mateusz Klich leaving on loan during January after failing to have an impact on the first team squad.
Andrea Radrizzani has the utmost faith in Orta as his right hand man and in reality it comes down to the former Middlesbrough man to rule over the footballing decisions, which in turn can undermine the position of the manager.
Heckingbottom needs to know his place sooner rather than later, with Orta quite evidently ruling the roost, and the new boss is already looking out of his depth with comments like this.
In other Leeds United news, Andrea Radrizzani has hit back at criticism of the club’s transfer policy and hailed two Victor Orta signings who are gems.
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