Paul Heckingbottom: Leeds United sack head coach after lower than 4 months
Leeds United have sacked head coach Paul Heckingbottom after solely 4 months in cost, saying they wish to herald a “extra skilled” supervisor.
The 40-year-old received 4 of his 16 video games, having left Barnsley to interchange Thomas Christiansen on 6 February.
Leeds ended the season 13th within the Championship.
They’ll begin the season with a brand new supervisor for a fifth successive 12 months and Argentine Marcelo Bielsa is reportedly the favorite to succeed Heckingbottom.
Managing director Angus Kinnear stated the membership wished to make a “fast appointment”.
“Our goal is to usher in a head coach with extra expertise who may help us attain the targets we have now talked about since we turned custodians of the membership final summer season,” said Kinnear.
“Paul got here to us throughout a tough interval within the season and has performed himself in an exemplary method regardless of outcomes not going as any of us had hoped,”
Whoever takes over will turn out to be the membership’s 10th boss since 2014 and solely one in all Leeds’ earlier eight managers, Garry Monk in 2016-17, has lasted an entire marketing campaign within the position.
Leeds sacked Dane Christiansen in February after a disastrous begin to 2018 noticed them knocked out of the FA Cup by League Two Newport and fail to win any of their first 5 league video games of the 12 months.
Heckingbottom was a shock appointment given he had solely prolonged his take care of Yorkshire rivals Barnsley the earlier week and the Oakwell membership stated they have been “shocked” by his departure.
He couldn’t arrest the membership’s slide down the desk, profitable simply one in all his first eight video games, and the marketing campaign resulted in controversy with a much-criticised post-season tour of Myanmar organized by proprietor Andrea Radrizzani.
Argentine Bielsa has been extensively reported because the favorite to interchange Heckingbottom.
The 62-year-old is extremely regarded by each Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola and Tottenham supervisor Mauricio Pochettino, with the latter calling him his “football father”.
He has frolicked in control of Argentina, Athletic Bilbao, Marseille and Lille however has been out of the sport since being sacked by the French aspect in December.