Championship

TT Battle: Marcelo Bielsa vs Victor Orta

The working relationship is quite clear, isn’t it? Sometimes, when looking at how a director of football and a manager get on, it can be rather troubling to work-out in terms of who takes charge, however, that is not the case with Victor Orta and Marcelo Bielsa.

Between Orta and Bielsa, there is evidently mutual respect between the pair as they leave each other to do their respective jobs and do not tend to get too involved in an aspect of one another’s role. The relationship is solid enough that just last month, they went to watch Leeds United’s U23s vs Notts County’s U23s together, so they both share a vision of developing United in the long-term.

There is no real power struggle in the relationship as Bielsa has openly admitted in the media that beyond giving his providing his thoughts, he leaves Orta to it in the transfer sector and, therefore, leaves Orta in control of key situations.

“Victor Orta built this team. Of course I gave my opinion on it, but the creator of this team is Victor Orta and this team has a privileged position in the Championship.”

The relationship is based on the belief in others ability to do their job as Bielsa continued: “I trust his work. And also I trust the support that the president (Andrea Radrizzani) gives to Victor’s decisions. When the club takes decisions, the decisions are mine.”

When asked about Kiko Casilla’s move later in January, Bielsa told the media that “We needed an alternative for the goalkeeper position and, Victor Orta is responsible for the arrival.”

All of what Bielsa is saying clearly shows that he holds Orta in high regard as a result of how he performs his director’s role and it in that said role, where Orta’s judgement takes precedence, meaning he has more power than some may think at Elland Road.

Despite who is in charge, the pair have worked together very well so far ever since Bielsa’s arrival and they will surely continue to do so into the future to contribute towards their shared goals at United.

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