Phil Hay has admitted that Leeds United’s Victor Orta won’t turn down other job offers just to please Jesse Marsch amidst the manager’s recent comments over the Whites director’s future.
Reports have started to emerge over the last few weeks that Todd Boehly is keen on Orta taking up a high-profile role at Stamford Bridge, which led to Marsch commenting on the Spaniard’s role at Elland Road.
During his pre-match press conference, Marsch brought up how he hopes Orta doesn’t leave Leeds anytime soon – and admitted that he made him promise he wouldn’t leave the cub as long as the American was still in the dugout.
Hay, however, has claimed on The Phil Hay Show that Orta won’t stay at Leeds just to make Marsch happy.
He said: “It seems to me that Marsch’s position at Leeds is stronger and is probably healthier with Orta in the building; given that you’ve got such an ally in him, you would much rather have him around, 100%.
Do you want Orta to leave Leeds?
“I think it’s safe to say that Orta is unlikely to say no to a job that he really fancies on the basis that he should be sticking around for the head coach, but I also think that it would be a pretty big decision for him to go.”
TIF Thoughts on Orta’s future…
While some may have questions over the work Orta has done at Leeds, especially in the transfer market – with some questionable deals emerging over the years such as Junior Firpo and Daniel James – fans should be careful what they wish for if they want to see Orta leave.
This is because there is no guarantee that whoever comes in to replace Orta would have such a good relationship with Andrea Radrizzani and Marsch, which could lead to disharmony on and off the pitch at Leeds.
However, it does appear Orta’s future remains in the balance, as Marsch admitted that when he recently went for a meal with Angus Kinnear and the Spaniard, he thought Orta was going to inform him of his departure, so it is clear the rumours are on the minds of the Leeds hierarchy.