Leeds United director of football Victor Orta could not hide his emotions after the Whites’ Championship play-off semi-final defeat.

Victor Orta has received his fair share of criticism since arriving at Leeds, but no-one could question how desperate the Whites director of football was to see the club get back into the Premier League. 

Ahead of the second-leg of Marcelo Bielsa’s side’s play-off semi-final with Derby County, a photo of Orta helping to put Leeds scarfs on every seat inside Elland Road did the rounds. 

And following the game, it is another image involving the Spaniard that encapsulates how a lot of supporters felt after the Rams produced an incredible comeback to book their ticket to Wembley.

One fan posted a photo showing her 15-year-old son embracing Orta outside of Elland Road after the full-time whistle, with the Leeds director apparently ‘inconsolable’ and in tears.

Here is their tweet…

Given some of the outbursts of emotion from Orta throughout the campaign – most notably, against Brentford when Pontus Jansson’s equaliser sparked a wild celebration in the stand – it is little surprise that he found the defeat as difficult to accept as the stunned supporters.

There was a lot of criticism directed at Orta after his first season at Leeds, and some fans are frustrated about the lack of additions made during the January transfer window.

Those fans have every right to ask those questions and suggest that mistakes were made. But it is a reminder of the progress that Leeds have made on and off the pitch in the last decade that it is becoming impossible to question whether the club means as much to the key decision makers as the fans feel it should.

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