By Liam Thomas

15th Nov, 2022 | 10:10am

Victor Orta told Andrea Radrizzani to fire him if Leeds United move failed

Victor Orta told Andrea Radrizzani to sack him if Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United move failed, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

Bielsa’s move as we all know did pay off and the Argentine guided Leeds back to the Premier League whilst playing a fantastic brand of football.

Hay confessed that during a phone call with Radrizzani, Orta said that the Italian can “fire” him if making a move for Bielsa didn’t pay dividends.

“Leeds found that, when they first spoke with Bielsa, he could tell them virtually everything about their squad and virtually everything about the Championship. He and his staff had studied the league to such a degree that he could explain how Burton Albion’s formation had moved around during the previous season. And he could do the same with any side they asked about,” said Hay as quoted by The Athletic.

“Orta was so sold that he phoned Leeds’ chairman, Andrea Radrizzani, after the second meeting and told him they could not let the opportunity to enlist Bielsa pass. ‘If it fails, fire me,’ Orta said.”

End of an era.

With the 49ers closing in on a full takeover of Leeds United it seems like the Bielsa, Orta and Radrizzani chapter may finally be coming to an end.

The three were pivotal in the Whites’ progression from the Championship to the Premier League and will likely be fondly remembered in the years to come.

Bielsa is already idolised in the terraces still and whilst the duo on the board don’t receive the same kind of love this may change as time progresses.

The upcoming January transfer window will likely be Orta and Radrizzani’s last chance to make their mark on the club.

A big new signing of a number nine and a much-needed left-back would go a long way towards securing their legendary status at Elland Road.

Time will tell if this happens or not and after the ultimately failed summer window, anything is possible, hopefully, they can leave West Yorkshire with a bang if that is the case.

In other Leeds United news, the club have now put up a first-team player on sale as they expect top EFL sides to make a move for him in January.