Victor Orta hits out at 'absurd' suggestions about his job at Leeds United
Victor Orta has blasted suggestions that he has an influence on half time team talks and the starting line-up at Leeds United.
Since being hired as Leeds’ director of football by Andrea Radrizzani in 2017, Orta has helped transform the Yorkshire club to one that finished ninth in the Premier League last season.
However, there are still some myths surrounding his job role at Elland Road, according to Orta himself.
Speaking in an interview with La Media Inglesa and as translated by All Stats Aren’t We, Orta said: “We have an association of sporting directors here and the first question I asked at my first meeting was what will I need to say to the fans to explain my role to them?
“I’ve been asked if I create the training sessions, if I gave half-time team talks, if I chose the line-ups — I’m not going to give any suggestions of line ups to [Marcelo Bielsa] or [Angus Kinnear]! That’s absurd!
“These people don’t understand the role; obviously the transfers you identify yourself with more but a sporting director doesn’t just do transfers they do a lot of things.
“There’s been a lot of misinformation about the job in England and especially with the modern role managers play. And in the past, the few clubs with sporting directors had not done so well.”
Let him get on with it
Whatever Orta is doing at Elland Road, it’s working.
While we might never know the full remit of his day-to-day job at the West Yorkshire club, we do know that since his arrival while we were in the Championship, Leeds have turned themselves into a Premier League club packed with international footballers.
Bielsa’s arrival, of course, has been the biggest factor but who was responsible for hiring him? Who’s the man who’s done everything he can to appease one of the most demanding managers in world football?
Orta must be exhausted by his job at Leeds United but he’s doing superbly well and we’ll also support the Spanish director of football as long as he’s here.
Yes, he’s had his moments. That first summer transfer window is one we want to forget.
But even then, he signed players like Mateusz Klich and Ezgjan Alioski, who ended up being vital in our successful promotion bid and our ninth-placed finish in the Premier League last season.
Keep up the brilliant work, Victor.
In other Leeds United news, this Elland Road ace was dubbed ‘phenomenal’ after his international display this week.