Leeds United have not yet made any progress towards appointing Victor Orta’s successor as sporting director.
That is according to the Athletic, who claim Norwich City’s Stuart Webber and Middlesbrough’s Kieran Scott have been mentioned as potential options, but no concrete steps have at this stage been taken.
Regardless of what division Leeds are playing in next season, it looks set to be all change on the club’s board with San Francisco 49ers Enterprises having agreed a deal to take majority control if they stay up.
Talks have also intensified in recent weeks over thrashing out a fresh agreement in the event of relegation as Andrea Radrizzani looks set to complete a takeover of Sampdoria.
As mentioned, Leeds’ former sporting director Orta was relieved of his duties earlier this month in what was the first step towards a complete refresh of the club from the top.
Leeds yet to make DOF progress
It is a little worrying to hear that Leeds haven’t taken any steps towards Orta’s replacement as this is the first domino in what will be a manic summer.
A director of football will be key in Leeds both appointing a new manager, and player recruitment meaning any sort of delay will put them on the back foot heading into the new season.
While it is paramount Leeds are able to get it done quickly, it is also equally as important to get the right man and the two names mentioned will hardly get pulses racing among supporters.
Webber has overseen promotions at both Huddersfield Town and Norwich City but failed miserably in terms of player recruitment in the Premier League at the latter.
Scott, meanwhile, joined Boro in 2021 as sporting director and has helped progress them into a strong Championship side.
That said, Leeds must be looking at some far more ambitious targets if they are serious about getting back to the top.