By Liam Thomas

8th Nov, 2022 | 12:10pm

Clubs would be queuing for Victor Orta if 49ers do not want him as Leeds United takeover looms - Phil Hay

Clubs will be queuing around the block for Leeds United Sporting Director Victor Orta with a takeover of the club now inevitable, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

Orta’s services could be thrown out of Elland Road, should a new hierarchy come in and choose to appoint a new Sporting Director.

Hay admitted that clubs would be queuing for Orta’s services should the “inevitable” 49ers Enterprises takeover happen before their 2024 deadline.

“The possibility is there, precisely because Radrizzani and Leeds’ minority shareholder, 49ers Enterprises, have been in a holding pattern where a future transfer of ownership is made to feel inevitable,” said Hay as quoted by The Athletic.

“What is certain about Orta is that if the next regime do not want him, other clubs will. Whether that casts him as a success at Leeds is another thing altogether but he is not without admirers and not without talent.”


Hay’s completely right here, club’s would be all over Orta if the 49ers ownership chose against having him as their Sporting Director at Elland Road.

Just look at the interest Chelsea showed in him this summer, he’d be a man in demand.

It would be hard to find a Sporting Director who possesses the same passion for the club as Orta. Hopefully, no real changes would be made anytime soon, but in football anything is possible.

The question is whether Orta is still having the input at the club he once had with the 49ers peering over his shoulder.

A full takeover of the club would only diminish this even more and recent signings haven’t looked like the ones Orta has previously made. Leeds United saw two USA internationals come into the fold this summer, who were previously managed by Marsch.

Alongside Marc Roca, Luis Sinisterra, Joel Robles and Wilfried Gnonto who seemed more Orta-esque.

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