Championship

Leeds must turn to this 54-year-old if they sack Heckingbottom this summer

Leeds United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much hoping to see their side make some big signings over the summer, what with the squad clearly in need of improvement after their 13th place Championship finish.

Paul Heckingbottom’s men were very much in promotion contention back in November after a fine start, although they lost their way over the New Year period, and as such Thomas Christiansen lost his job. Barnsley boss Heckingbottom was appointed his successor, but he was unable to inspire the Whites towards the top six, with the Yorkshire heavyweights eventually finishing in 13th place, 15 points adrift of the play-off positions.

As such, there are many questions being asked of Heckingbottom’s capabilities to lead the team into next season, with some of our resident Leeds fans feeling that a change is necessary for their team to be competing near the summit of the second tier next season.

And one man many of them want to see in the Elland Road dugout is former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson.

Ultimately, the 54-year-old raised his stock ten-fold with a hugely successful two spells at the King Power Stadium, firstly in leading them to the League One title back in 2009, before returning to take them to the Premier League back in 2014.

Add in helping the Foxes produce a miraculous escape from the top-flight in 2015, and thus arguably setting them up for their sensational title-winning campaign the season after, and it’s fair to say that Pearson enjoyed a successful time at Leicester to emphasise his managerial credentials.

Yes, slightly disappointing spells at Hull City and Derby County are of concern to some of our resident Leeds fans, but it’s not just his results and achievements that need to be taken into account, but also his managerial style.

Ultimately, Pearson would go into Elland Road and stamp his authority on things almost immediately, with the 54-year-old appearing to be a no nonsense kind of manager in trying to get what he wants.

And to be successful in the Championship, the whole squad needs to be singing from the same hymn sheet – Pearson would make sure that is happening straight away.

And after years of questionable appointments, be it Dave Hockaday or Darko Milanic, Pearson is a proven winner at this level, and would finally represent that sort of manager that could take Leeds back to the Premier League after such a long absence.

Ultimately, some of our resident Leeds fans aren’t at all convinced by Heckingbottom’s capabilities, and as such the Yorkshire giants should seek to appoint Pearson were they to sack the ex-Barnsley chief this summer.

Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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