Leeds United have sacked director of football Victor Orta after their 4-1 defeat to Bournemouth on Sunday. The Spaniard had left the club after a dire run of form under Javi Gracia.
Leeds United have sacked their director of football Victor Orta after their 4-1 defeat to Bournemouth on Sunday. The Spaniard had left the club after a dire run of form under Javi Gracia. Orta’s role had been under mounting scrutiny following the club’s slide down the Premier League table. Leeds United have picked up just one point from their past five games, conceding 18 goals in the process as they have been plunged deep into relegation trouble.
Orta had been at Leeds United for nearly six years as director of football at Elland Road. He was widely credited for his initial work that saw Marcelo Bielsa appointed in 2018 as Leeds returned to the Premier League two years later after a 16-year absence. However, the decision to bring in Jesse Marsch as the Argentine’s replacement in February 2022 ultimately didn’t work out. Leeds then brought in Gracia in February this year in an attempt to save their season but Leeds look in significant danger of relegation.
Several big-money signings this season under Orta such as Brendan Aaronson (£22.4m) and club-record addition Georginio Rutter (£35.5m) have failed to make an impact, with striker Rutter yet to even score a goal. The dressing room was lacking motivation under Gracia, which resulted in a dire performance at the Vitality Stadium against the Cherries after an initial positive start. Orta wanted to keep Gracia while Radriazinni didn’t – which resulted in both leaving the club following talks on Monday