By Richard Parks
Victor Orta is almost certain to quit Leeds United and return to his native Spain, according to a report.
Spanish publication El Periodico claim that the United director of football is in contention to take over as director of football at La Liga club Deportivo La Coruna.
It is said that the top-flight outfit are in the market for a new recruitment chief after 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.
The Spanish outfit are currently 18th in the table and seven points adrift of Levante in 17th position.
El Periodico report that Orta has various options ahead of the summer and “in England it is almost given that he will leave the club to return to Spain”.
Football Insider verdict:
News of the potential exit of Orta – and the Spanish report suggests it is a done deal – will prompt celebrations 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 as their play-off dream lays in tatters. 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. The Under-23s and Under-18s have improved massively, but Orta is judged on the first team, just like the manager, and most of his signings have flopped.