Victor Orta: I still get death threats at Leeds United
Victor Orta has revealed he’s still getting death threats despite the success he’s helped bring to Leeds United in recent years.
In his first season as director of football at Elland Road, Orta didn’t have the best of times as most of his signings ended up being flops and Leeds slumped to a mid-table finish in the Championship despite promotion looking as though it was on the cards at one stage.
However, once the Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom era was over, Orta hired Marcelo Bielsa as manager and hasn’t looked back since.
During that 2017/18 season, Orta and owner Andrea Radrizzani almost came to blows in a restaurant as the pressure piled up on them.
Speaking to La Media Inglesa, as translated by All Stats Aren’t We, Orta has spoken out about how bad things were behind the scenes at Elland Road back then and that he’s still receiving sinister messages now.
He said: “In the first year, we had a good first six months before a match against Birmingham. It was 0–0 on the 21st of December, Pablo [Hernandez] hits the post in the 79th minute and they score in the 82nd; if we’d have scored we’d have been second at the end of the year.
“Then, a lot of bad things happened over that period, like the incident with Samu Sáiz that was very relevant, because he was a very good player for us. It was then I realised that there was a demand for promotion that was absolutely incredible.
“I still get them but then I was getting 10–15 death threats a week! Things like ‘go now’ or ‘this isn’t working’.
“I had a very tough meeting with Andrea, I remember it perfectly, in a Japanese restaurant. There was a famous F1 driver next to us and I’m not saying that it got physical but there was a moment in which the F1 driver nearly got up to separate us because we were shouting so much, but it was because of the passion.
“We wanted to talk about what club model we wanted; I had an offer to go back to Spain — he knew that, I’d told him — and I was doubting whether or not to go back.”
Death threats are disgusting
What has Orta done to receive death threats?
Even in his tough first season at Leeds United, there is nothing that man did to receive such disgusting messages from people.
It’s a shame that people take things too far and act as though people involved in football are not human beings and are immune to emotion. There’s simply no need for it and we hope that anything sinister was reported to the police to deal with.
Orta has done a fantastic job at Elland Road.
Admittedly, his work in the summer of 2017 and January 2018 was awful. He signed too many players that were nowhere near good enough as he opted for quantity over quality.
Bielsa’s arrival toned down Orta’s recruitment and while the two of them may have a moment or two behind the scenes, there’s no doubt that they work very well together.
Let’s hope Bielsa and Orta stick around for as long as possible so they can keep improving the squad the way they have been doing.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites have been handed a major boost for the clash against Southampton.