By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight at a report that Victor Orta is almost certain to quit the club this summer and return to his native Spain.
Spanish publication El Periodico claim that it is “almost a given” that the United director of football is to leave Elland Road after one difficult season.
It is said that Orta is in contention to take over as director of football at La Liga club Deportivo La Coruna, who have been without a recruitment chief since Richard Barral left the post in January.
El Periodico report that Orta is on a shortlist of candidates for the vacant role, although the options open to Deportivo would be reduced if they are relegated from La Liga, with the club currently placed 18th in the table and seven points adrift of Levante in 17th position.
Orta was appointed by owner Andrea Radrizzani days after it was confirmed last May that the Italian businessman had taken sole control of the club.
He has overseen a whirlwind of arrivals, and also some controversial exits, in the last two transfer windows but Leeds have plummeted down the table from seventh last season to 14th in the current campaign.
Leeds fans are bouncing off the walls at the prospect of the departure of the unpopular Spaniard, with one claiming “please just take him away”.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
No need for compensation, please just take him away from here
— David Kerr (@davidkerr2821) April 20, 2018
Why would Deportivo want him???
— Paul Taylor (@forza_pt) April 20, 2018
— steveprocter (@steveprocter7) April 20, 2018
Taxi for Orta or should that be premium club endorsed Uber?
— Keith Holmes (@Gib_Ape) April 20, 2018
“Almost given”? Hmm. Hate some of these sites, so won’t be reading, but is it any more than just speculation?
— Stuart Grant (@McClumsy84) April 20, 2018
One scenario at #lufc is that there is a change of DoF and indeed the whole model might change. Spanish media report that Orta is likely to return to Spain. Personally, I don’t think it would be a case of him leaving the club high and dry. Any exit would be phased imho.
— Dr.T (@DoctorT1992) April 20, 2018
Just from transfer rumours, it seems to me that Orta is definitely leaving and Hecky will have more of a say on transfers, just going by our targets already; McBurnie, Yiadom, Bradshaw. #lufc
— BC (@BC_LUFC) April 20, 2018