Middlesbrough are set to confirm the departure of Victor Orta, the head of their scouting department and TEAMtalk understands Gary Gill is set to be promoted from within.
Although an appointment by chairman Steve Gibson, the Boro chief has decided Orta is surplus to requirements. Orta was seen as a valuable aid for then manager Aitor Karanka to have someone he wanted in that role, which is akin to that of a sporting director.
Since Karanka’s departure, Gibson has now decided that Orta – who is a widely respected figure in European football having worked at Elche, Sevilla and Russian side Zenit St Petersburg – can also leave.
Orta will follow analyst Juanjo Vila, assistant coach Guillermo Alonso Salinas, first-team coach Carlos Cacheda and interim goalkeeping coach Marcos Abad out of the door.
TEAMtalk understands that Gibson will turn to Gill to take on the role as head of the scouting department.
Gill, a former Boro midfielder, re-joined the club in 2011 as European scout following a stint working in the media and he has gone on to become a valuable and trusted figure under Gibson’s regime.
Gill will be tasked with leading the role of re-modelling the Boro squad following relegation from the Premier League. He is also likely to be one of those that Gibson’s seeks counsel from ahead of his decision about who will be in charge of the club next season.