Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Orta Must Change If He Wants to Succeed at Leeds'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Orta Must Change If He Wants to Succeed at Leeds'

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FORMER Middlesbrough head of recruitment Victor Orta must be reined in by the Elland Road hierarchy, according to a respected Leeds United reporter.

The Spaniard has come in for criticism this season after the West Yorkshire club failed to mount a serious promotion challenge with the quality of the squad being called into question.

Orta has rejected the opportunity to join Deportivo La Coruna as their sporting director, preferring to stay at Elland Road. He was appointed last summer, just a short time after leaving Boro following the club's relegation to the Championship.

Phil Hay, who covers United home and away for the Yorkshire Evening Post, believes Orta will be determined to prove his detractors wrong at Leeds.

"His decision to fight on at Leeds will not be popular, but it is hard not to see it as the gamble of a man who wants to change his reputation," he writes.

Victor "In cynical moments you can picture Orta sipping coffee and doing deals with a carefree air and someone else's money on fire.

"But there will be angst in his head and doubts too; the feelings which come with the realisation that one more poor window might be the end of him in England.

"To help his cause, Orta needs to change, and Leeds need to change. There are so many lessons from the past 12 months, so many pointers on how to build a competitive Championship side (and equally how not to), that it would be naive on the part of everyone concerned if few of those lessons were taken in.

"It must be apparent to Orta that his attempt last summer to pick bargains or undervalued players from across Europe, and very few of them from major European leagues, was flawed and unrealistic, but it should be accepted by Leeds that their financial format encouraged Orta down that path."

"The idea was to make best use of the money Leeds had, by using markets which charged less than others," adds Hay. "In practice Leeds did not have enough.

"Millwall are muddying the waters slightly, seventh in the table with the most meagre of budgets, but even by punching above their weight they are on the very fringes and Leeds, statistically, have a mid-table model of recruitment. …

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