COMMENT By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans would be almost united in their delight if Victor Orta hotfooted it back to his native Spain.
But that now appears an unlikely possibility after he snubbed the chance to return to his homeland and join La Liga club Deportivo La Coruna.
Spanish publication AS had claimed earlier this weeek that Orta is one of four men in contention to be the new director of football at Deportivo.
Football Insider has now learned that the Spaniard has rejected the offer from the La Liga strugglers and will remain at Leeds next season.
Crucially, the former Middlesbrough recruitment chief still has the trust of owner Andrea Radrizzani, who will once again charge him with spearheading the club’s summer transfer activity.
News of the potential exit of Orta for a second time raised excitement earlier this week among many Leeds fans exasperated at the club’s recruitment since he was put in charge last May.
There has been a whirlwind of arrivals to the senior and youth-team squads in the last two windows, but it has been a wretched campaign for the first team that has failed to live anywhere near up to expectations.
Few of Orta’s captures have thrived, with many, such as Felix Wiedwald and Pawel Cibicki, frozen out and almost certainly heading for the exit door.
Some will point out, rightly, that Orta has had to work with a shoestring budget that is feeble compared to the really ambitious Championship clubs.
Other will cite the massive improvements of the Under-23s and Under-18s, with a handful progressing into the first team in recent weeks (although, again, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Tom Pearce and Paudie O’Connor were already at the club before Orta pitched up).
However, Orta is judged predominantly on the first team, just like the manager, and most of his signings have flopped.
There will be big changes this summer, but do Leeds fans trust the Spaniard to get it right at the third time of asking?
Many claim he has too much power, and is undeserving of it. His decision to remain at Elland Road will leave many fans tearing their hair out.