By Mark Smith

29th Apr, 2020 | 9:00pm

Victor Orta suggests one department at Leeds could need more investment during break

Leeds United director of football Victor Orta has claimed that the coronavirus pandemic is not the time to be cutting scouting departments.

The Spaniard shared that he has heard of other English clubs furloughing members of staff during the enforced break and that isn’t the best decision.

Leeds’ staff and the squad have already taken wage deferrals to cope with the financial strain of the current enforced break.

Orta claimed that instead of furloughing staff, it is the time to be adding more investment into the scouting department.

“I heard that a team in England furloughed the people for the scouting department,” he said, via the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“It sounds like I am talking about myself, but I believe this – in this moment when you need creativity, new resources to sign players, a new era, the department that perhaps need more investment at this moment is the recruitment department.”

Angus Kinnear has also come out and spoke about the financial squeeze on the club during the enforced break in the Championship.

The Elland Road chief executive admitted that Leeds can survive for nearly another year should all games be behind-closed-doors, but it may come to a time where the Whites have to restructure their financial model.

That means that Orta will continue to work in the scouting department, and all eyes will be on a busy summer which could include build-up to a Premier League campaign.

In other Leeds United news, Angus Kinnear claims Leeds could be forced into ‘radical’ changes over business model