By George Overhill

3rd May, 2023 | 12:40pm

Victor Orta linked with return to former club a day after Leeds United exit as another sacking is mooted

Victor Orta is in the frame to get a new job at Sevilla only a day after he left Leeds United after six years, according to Radio Estadio.

The 44-year-old previously spent seven seasons at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium as technical director between 2006 and 2013, and with the club languishing in 11th in La Liga he is tipped for a swift return to his former club.

Monchi is currently at the club but a move for the former Elland Road man is expected to mean the sacking of the incumbent director of football.

A report from Edu Garcia on Radio Estadio in Spain was shared on Twitter which said: “Víctor Orta is in the orbit of Sevilla FC.

“His arrival would imply the departure of Monchi.”

Trail of destruction

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It looks like Monchi finds himself in the path of the path of the Orta tornado that is leaving plenty a desperate situation in its wake this season, as he leaves Elland Road after six years with the club facing relegation again and welcoming their fourth manager.

The Spaniard will forever deserve credit for bringing Marcelo Bielsa to the club and everything that entailed, but his overall record is hit and miss, and amid two relegation battles on the bounce it is at manager that his decisions have been least effective.

Orta also played his part in the Argentine hero’s departure as form collapsed last season, but his hand-picked successor in Jesse Marsch, despite keeping Leeds United up on the final day last year, never brought about an obvious improvement.

That he was backed in the transfer market to a level that Bielsa the campaign prior, amid a totally barren January 2021 window, rankles with supporters.

Orta backed the American through thick and thin, which is either admirable or hard-headed depending on your perspective but meant the World Cup break was missed as the ideal opportunity to make a change.

None of the preferred options were available by February when he was removed, and Javi Gracia was at best fifth choice after a flirtation with a Michael Skubala interim project.

Orta’s compatriot brought about a lift for a while, but from half time against Crystal Palace on 9 April onwards it has rapidly descended into a nightmare.

Again though Orta wanted to keep him in charge and that difference of opinion is believed to have been at the heart of his departure “by mutual consent” on Tuesday (2 May).

So with that recent track record, and the state of the club he leaves behind amid a host of sackings, it is definitely surprising that Sevilla would immediately be interested in taking him back.

In other Leeds United news, the new Whites boss now has the “biggest of nightmares for a head coach” according to Phil Hay as Sam Allardyce arrives.