Confirmed: Leeds appoint Orta as director of football

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Leeds United have appointed ex-Middlesbrough chief Victor Orta as their new Director of Football, it has been confirmed.

The Championship club announced on their official website on Tuesday afternoon that Orta had completed his move to Elland Road, after positive talks with Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani.

Orta was most recently on the books of Middlesbrough, where he served as the club’s recruitment chief, but will now take up a new role as part of the backroom team with one of their  Championship rivals.

The Spaniard’s arrival comes as the latest part of Radrizzani’s significant overhaul of the management structure at Leeds United, with several changes having already been made by the Italian businessman in the past seven days.

Radrizzani began the overhaul himself by securing the remaining 50 per cent stake to acquire full control of the club, ousting former owner and colleague Massimo Cellino after a turbulent three-year reign.

But Radrizzani’s successful takeover also saw the surprise departure of much-loved manager Garry Monk, who resigned from his post last week, despite having led the club to a seventh-placed finish last season.

However, the Leeds owner has swiftly moved to fill a number of other vacant positions at Elland Road, appointing Angus Kinnear as the club’s new managing director.

He replaces Ben Mansford, who had earlier quit as chief executive.

Their latest new arrival, Orta, has a blossoming reputation across Europe, having previously held roles at La Liga giants Sevilla and Russian Premier League outfit Zenit St Petersburg.

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