By Pranav Shahaney

14th Jun, 2023 | 8:40am

Leeds United news: Phil Hay issues update on Victor Orta successor as Stuart Webber quits Norwich City

Leeds United reportedly are looking at sporting directors to replace Victor Orta but getting a new one in does not seem to be the priority.

According to The Athletic’s Phil Hay [14 June], the Whites may even look for a short-term fix for this transfer window to deal with the upheaval in the playing squad.

Then, the San Francisco 49ers can pick the ideal candidate that aligns with their long-term vision at the club with a manager appointment appearing to be the focus.

Hay wrote, “You can see why the dots between Webber and Leeds appear to join neatly. Webber is a Leeds supporter, one who shows up in away ends from time to time. Leeds need a replacement for Victor Orta, who left six weeks ago.

“All in all, it looks like a pretty natural match-up.

“But so far, Leeds have been open-minded about how they will fill the vacancy. It might be they go for a like-for-like swap by finding another sporting director with overarching responsibility for the football side of the club, and transfers in particular.

“It is also possible Leeds will lean towards a shorter-term appointment. Someone who can handle a transfer window with numerous ins and outs, and then give Leeds’ owner-to-be — 49ers Enterprises — time to implement a more concerted long-term strategy.”

Makes sense

Wober leaving in the last 24 hours opens the door especially with Daniel Farke being linked with the vacant Elland Road hot seat.

While he’s not done well in the Premier League, his Championship record has been impressive and that’s something Leeds need.

After promotion, they can decide whether or not to keep hold of him as that will open the door to plenty more managerial prospects.

Leeds have targeted the likes of Arne Slot and Marcelo Gallardo in the past which will become likely options once Premier League status is attained.

It’s important that the club do not rush into this decision as the wrong candidate could ruin all chances of them securing promotion.

Right now, they do have the squad in place to challenge for a top two spot and despite players leaving, they will back themselves.

In other Leeds United news, a BBC pundit has been left stunned as Phil Hay has dropped a fresh update on who the Whites are considering bringing in as manager this summer.