By Richard Parks
Deportivo La Coruna have appointed Carmelo del Pozo as the club’s new sporting director after Leeds United’s Victor Orta rejected the post, Football Insider sources understand.
The Spanish top-flight club announced on their official website on Monday night that Del Pozo has signed a three-year contract after quitting Levante.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that United transfer guru Orta was offered the role by Deportivo but will remain at Leeds next season.
The source added that Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani continues to give the Spaniard his full backing and he is understood to be busy planning Leeds’ recruitment for next season.
Orta has come in for criticism from some Leeds fans following the club’s miserable second half of the campaign which saw them drop out of play-off contention to finish 13th in the table, 15 points behind the top six.
The Spaniard joined Leeds last summer after leaving Middlesbrough and he has recruited more than 30 players for Leeds’ first team and academy.
Orta’s recruitment has come under intense scrutiny with a number of players he brought in for the first-team failing to deliver this season.
Orta also played a big role in the appointment of the relatively unknown Thomas Christensen as Leeds manager last summer and after a bright start the Dane was sacked in February following a poor run of form.
Leeds’ director of football also played an influential role in the decision to bring in Heckinbottom as Christensen’s replacement and that move has been questioned with Heckingbottom winning only four of his first 16 games in charge.