'Will definitely stay on' – Phil Hay delivers key update on Leeds senior figure
Much-criticised Director of Football, Victor Orta, “will definitely stay on” at Leeds, according to a reliable journalist.
Phil Hay, senior journalist with the Yorkshire Evening Post, made the claim on his personal Twitter account and also talked about the future of manager Paul Heckingbottom.
Hay said that Heckingbottom “is still there” but added a cautionary note that the “crunch” would come over future recruitment.
Orta will definitely stay on. Heckingbottom is still there but I think the crunch will come over how much all sides agree on recruitment.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 22, 2018
This comes after two significant stories on Heckingbottom, the first which was broken by Football Insider, where we claimed that Leeds had already decided that the manager would not be in charge at the start of next season.
This was followed by seeming confirmation from Alan Nixon, the Sun’s transfer expert, who said simply “No” when asked if Heckingbottom would be in charge at the start of next season.
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This story feels like it’s coming to an end. Leeds have been linked with a number of players this season, some of whom seem to have Orta’s fingerprints on (Jerry Mbakogu for one) and some that seem to be Heckingbottom’s picks (such as Andy Yiadom). None of these deals have been progressed, despite everyone at Leeds admitting that major changes will be made over the summer. If there is a dispute internally, or if the club has indeed decided to sack Heckingbottom, then that would follow. However, now that the season’s over, if they have decided to sack him, what are they waiting for? This tweet is significant from Phil Hay, first for saying that Orta s definitely staying on (despite a lot of fan criticism and being linked to a similar role at Deportivo), and secondly for being very non-committal about Heckingbottom. Alluding to possible differences over recruitment could be the final chapter in this particular narrative. We still think that Heckingbottom’s time is up and that a new manager will be in place in Leeds shortly.
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