New director of football predicts ‘great things’ for Leeds United

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VICTOR Orta declared confidence in achieving “great things” at Leeds United after joining the Whites as the club’s new director of football under new chairman Andrea Radrizzani.

Leeds remain on the hunt for a new head coach following the resignation of Garry Monk last Thursday and the arrival of Orta is the latest change to the club’s structure.

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani.

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani.

Orta’s arrival as director of football comes four days after the club appointed Angus Kinnear as managing director to replace outgoing chief executive Ben Mansford who was offered a role in other positions to stay.

Kinnear himself joined Leeds just four days after Radrizzani assumed full control of the club by buying out former co-owner Massimo Cellino, with the new managing director insisting Leeds would soon become a “formidable force” under new ownership.

And Orta has arrived at Elland Road with similarly high hopes after building up a strong reputation at Sevilla and Zenit Saint Petersburg before moving to Spanish club Elche and then Middlesbrough.

Former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka – who helped take Orta to the Riverside from Elche – is favourite to become Monk’s successor as head coach.

“I am excited by the opportunity to become director of football at a great club like Leeds United,” said Orta.

“Once I had met with Andrea Radrizzani and spoken to him about his plans to take the club forward, I knew that this was the right move for me and I am confident that we can achieve great things in the coming years.”

Chairman Radrizzani added: “I am delighted to welcome Victor to Elland Road, I have been impressed by his knowledge of the game, his extensive scouting network and his desire to help us achieve our objective of getting Leeds United back to the Premier League.”

Orta joins the Whites following 17 months with Middlesbrough who the Spaniard left earlier this month to pave the way for his move to Elland Road.

United’s new director of football began his career at Sevilla in 2006 as part of the technical and recruitment staff and was promoted to the role of technical director.

The Spaniard left in 2013 to join Zenit Saint Petersburg and after a short spell at Spanish club Elche, Orta joined Middlesbrough in December 2015.

Boro were promoted from the Premier League to the Championship five months later but relegated after finishing second bottom this season upon their return to the Premier.