By George Overhill

1st May, 2023 | 6:10pm

Victor Orta is now facing the sack at Leeds United along with Javi Gracia and other members of the hierarchy, according to Mo Ibrahim.

The manager was already under threat after the 4-1 defeat at Bournemouth on Sunday (30 April) left the club with one point from 15 and staring down relegation, with Andrea Radrizzani in discussions with members of his board.

But it appears those talks have left more figures in the firing line for the crumbling situation at Elland Road, with significant moves expected in the coming weeks whatever happens before the end of the campaign.

Ibrahim, part of Gianluca Di Marzio’s team, reported via Twitter on Monday evening (1 May): “EXCL: Leeds United board had an emergency meeting today.

“Javi Gracia is at risk of getting sacked and so are some members in the Leeds hierarchy including Victor Orta.

“A reshuffle will happen in the summer.”

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In light of how things have fallen apart since half time against Crystal Palace on 9 April, on top of how the entire season has been managed, it would be harder to find someone who is entirely safe from blame.

Gracia was brought in belatedly to a situation that felt like it was already heading beyond control, and it was only the brief improvement that he instigated that prevented the current panic coming earlier.

But having gone from overseeing a revival to getting thrashed three times while securing a solitary draw in five games, and apparently being as bemused by it all as everyone watching from the outside, makes his job somewhat untenable.

However, it is no surprise that the focus is also pointing above him, with the decision-making process that has seen Leeds United go from struggling under the widely-loved Marcelo Bielsa to being no better off three managers and over a year later hugely flawed.

Plenty of fans would have accepted relegation under the Argentine, so for the heavily-backed Jesse Marsch era to bring little progress aside from a final-day reprieve last season reflects very badly on Orta above all.

The Spaniard backed his chosen successor to Bielsa way past the point that it might have made sense to replace him, and the mess that followed the American’s 6 February sacking, including the Michael Skubala experiment, has left the Whites heading for the Championship with the beloved manager who got them out of it last time now long gone.

Big changes are inevitable at this point, it is just a matter of when people go.

In other Leeds United news, Gary Neville has blasted the club’s latest public statement after weekend outrage.