Since their relegation from the Premier League back in 2004 Leeds United have been through hell and back. Administration, relegation to League One for the first time in their history, a fifteen point deduction and mad Massimo.
However throughout last season things looked to be on the up for the West Yorkshire outfit with Garry Monk guiding them to their highest finish since the days of Simon Grayson. Andrea Radrizzani then took full control of the club in May which was quickly followed by a four year deal for young midfield star Ronaldo Vieira. The fans were beginning to dream about what could happen.
Suddenly that optimism turned to despair when Head Coach Garry Monk resigned. No one expected that with anger on social media aimed at both Garry and Andrea to which both parties seemed to blame each other. However that is now in the past for Leeds fans and the club are searching for their tenth manager in four years. Which ever way they decide to go the new man will need to be open to working under the continental model which involves a director of football.
Victor Orta is that man. Known for having an extensive contact book he brought the likes of Victor Valdes and Alvaro Negredo to Middlesbrough last season. His close relationship with former Boro boss Aitor Karanka has immediately seen him odds on favourite with the bookies for the Leeds Job. This has caused a divide amongst fans as soon see Karanka as boring where as others prefer to look on him as someone who gets results.
Whichever way Radrizzani decides to go with the new manager something needs to be done soon as we are at the beginning of June. No pre season plans are announced, No head coach is in place and recruitment cannot begin until that happens. Unlike previous under Massimo Cellino however Mr Radrizzani is appointing key figures in the club who have high reputations. It appears he is making sure that his staff are ready to get this club moving.
The club do not want to be left behind in terms of recruitment for the new season. If Mr Radrizzani can get the appointment right and the fans back the new man. Exciting times could be coming back to Elland Road should the club show natural improvement from last season on and off the pitch.