Back on February 6th this year, Leeds signed highly-rated coach Paul Heckingbottom as the club’s new manager having sacked Thomas Christiansen only two days before.
The 40-year-old coach left Barnsley to take over the Whites but didn’t last long as he was sacked only four months later after only winning four of his 16 games and only lasting four months in the job.
Given his relative lack of experience, the arrival of Heckingbottom wasn’t met with widespread positivity by the fans. Considering the club’s poor performances and history of not giving it’s managers much time in the last six years, it was no surprise that he was sacked at the end of the season.
18 month contract where he will only have to work the first 4 months – Happy Days for him.
— Steve Winham (@WinhamS) February 6, 2018
Nothing on the paper………
— Milford FC (@milford_fc) February 6, 2018
More like summer 2018, at most!! Totally underwhelming appointment!!
— Martyn Clark (@19mac19mac) February 6, 2018
— Iain Whiteside (@whiteside_iain) February 6, 2018
Doesn’t say a lot for his loyalty to Barnsley! Poor choice by lufc and a knee jerk reaction to the ongoing problems at the club…MOT
— Eddie (@edreall) February 6, 2018
While Heckingbottom was highly-rated at Barnsley and is still regarded as one of the best young coaches in the league, he never managed to turn things around and Leeds finished 13th in the Championship.
When Heckingbottom took over, Leeds weren’t in great shape and in fairness to the manager, it was tough ship to turn around. He won just one of his first eight games for Leeds and continued the poor form that Christiansen had instituted at the club. Indeed, Leeds started 2018 with a loss in the FA Cup to League Two side Newport and failed to win their first five games of the year. Moreover, in fairness to Heckingbottom, he was going into a club where only one of its eight previous managers – Garry Monk – had survived a whole season and now new boss Marcelo Bielsa is the club’s 10th boss since 2014.
After such a poor season the writing was on the wall, although Heckingbottom may not have seen it. Leeds wanted a more experienced manager who could guide them back to the Premier League and were also about to embark on an ill-timed tour of Myanmar.
It was always going to be a tough job to take and seemingly after such a poor record with managers, the Leeds faithful were right to be so pessimistic about Heckingbottom’s arrival’ However, with his sacking has come the introduction of Marcelo Bielsa who, at the moment looks like he finally has Leeds moving in the right direction.
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