Leeds United news: Victor Orta may be able to win back Leeds United fans’ hearts
The Whites were stuck in a rut domestically and on the verge of relegation, with manager Jesse Marsch and owner Andrea Radrizzani all feeling the wrath of fans at different points. During a 3-2 loss to Fulham in October, Whites fans chanted "sack the board," making it six defeats in eight games at the time. It didn't help when Leeds won a late come-from-behind victory over Bournemouth and Orta was filmed in the stands mocking Leeds fans by shouting back, mocking those "sack the board" chants from a few weeks prior.
Fans were fed up with him and wanted him gone, ironically just as rumors circulated that Chelsea were interested in bringing him to Stamford Bridge as part of Todd Boehly's revolution, with some reports claiming he had already met with the Blues owner. Chelsea instead hired Christopher Viall from RB Leipzig. Now, in an interview with the Spanish newspaper AS (December 23), Orta has revealed that he was never on the verge of leaving and had no discussions or interest in joining Chelsea.
Victor Orta has to win leeds United fans back in the transfer window
With Leeds currently out of the relegation zone and Leeds fans less vocal in their calls for Orta to leave the club, the January transfer window represents a watershed moment in their strained relationship. The Whites are in desperate need of a striker and a left back during the winter transfer window, as Marsch has stated publicly several times. That is Orta's responsibility. If he can meet the needs of the manager, he will be absolved of any blame for anything bad that occurs as a result, because he can do no more. The focus should be on Marsch and the players for failing to perform.
If he fails to make those signings and Leeds struggle in the second half of the season, all eyes will be on him once more. This is his opportunity to demonstrate that he is the right man for the job and that Leeds fans were wrong to demand his head in the first place. Or he could prove them wrong by performing poorly in the transfer window.
Chelsea officially appointed RB Leipzig man Christopher Vivell as their new technical director last week, but Orta was reportedly one of the first names in the running for the job. Orta, on the other hand, claims that his level of happiness at Elland Road precludes Chelsea from even considering a move, and that he learned of the reported interest through the media.
Orta was asked about the Chelsea sporting director position and whether it was as close as Spanish outlet Diario AS suggested. Orta, on the other hand, responded that the Blue did not consider him because he was happy in Leeds.