By Daniel Feliciano

17th Feb, 2022 | 9:15pm

Victor Orta a 'huge fan' of Leeds managerial target to replace Marcelo Bielsa - Dominic King

Victor Orta is a ‘huge fan’ of Jesse Marsch, the number one candidate to replace Marcelo Bielsa as Leeds manager this summer if he leaves the club, according to Dominic King of the Daily Mail.

Bielsa is yet to sign a new deal at Elland Road, with his current deal due to expire at the end of the current campaign. Leeds have already started putting together a list of candidates to replace him in case he opts to walk away.

According to The Telegraph, American Jesse Marsch is at the front of the queue to take over as boss if he does leave with Ernesto Valverde and Carlos Corberan also named as candidates for the role.

According to `Daily Mail journalist King on his personal Twitter account, Leeds chief Orta is a ‘huge fan’ of the US boss who made his name as boss of RB Salzburg before moving to RB Leipzig last summer.

He started poorly in the Bundesliga however and was sacked after just 21 games in charge having only been victorious in eight games.

Forward planning

While it’s believed that Leeds would much rather Bielsa stayed on for next season and beyond, they’re aware that he is an impulsive man and there is every chance he could leave at the end of his contract.

So the fact the club are already planning for that exit just in case rather than waiting around for something to happen is encouraging.

Marsch is a very attack-minded coach, who has previously spoken of his coaching inspiration being current Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

He’s also an adaptable coach, with no favourite formation and believing it is the manager’s job to work out his best system based upon the squad he has at his disposal.

Marsch would be seen as a positive appointment at Elland Road with a limited transition period needed for the players tactically and if the DoF is on board then it’s a good start.

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