According to journalist Pete O’Rourke Leeds United bosses are ready to cut Paul Heckingbottom loose either now or at the end of the season. Heckingbottom took over in February and has won just two games at the head coach of Leeds United, leading to today’s “exclusive” reports that he is set to leave the club.
O’Rourke revealed the exclusive news via Football Insider (https://www.footballinsider247.com/leeds-set-sack-paul-heckingbottom/)
Heckingbottom took over a side with no confidence and a serious lack of talent but he has left himself wide open with his record so far, winning just two games. Who’s at fault? That’s the million dollar question at Leeds United as fingers are pointed at all areas of the hierarchy. Andrea Radrizzani is getting in both barrels at the moment and so he should, his choices have taken us backwards this season and we have paid a heavy price, a rebuilding job now needing to be done. Victor Orta is another, a man who recruited every player brought into the club over the summer and he isn’t escaping criticism, in fact the director of football is arguably getting the brunt of the anger. Next up are the head-coaches, Thomas Christiansen has already paid the price and it looks inevitable that Heckingbottom will now also pay the price.
I was very critical of Christiansen towards the end of his tenure at the club, his inability to make changes to games was frustrating and I honestly don’t think he would have taken us further than what he did, however. He didn’t have the tools for the job and my two main criticisms of him can be disputed. Heckingbottom makes the changes needed in a game and they still don’t work because the players simply aren’t good enough. The second was his inability to accept criticism, some may disagree with that but there was always excuses and now Heckingbottom is doing a similar thing, the difference is he admits the players aren’t good enough in a round about way, Christiansen never accepted that they weren’t, therefor he made himself look like the main issue with the problems.
Will Heckingbottom go? I’m torn personally, he isn’t doing enough for me to give confidence he is the man for the job, results are terrible and we’re getting worse, however. He is playing with players who clearly aren’t bothered, shoot me down if you want but only a few look arsed when they cross the white line and the lack of options is so thin that we are expected to play two development centre-backs at one of the best sides in the division on Friday night in Aston Villa, what can he really do? The senior players have given up, the younger players are doing their best and are the ones who can hold their head up high at the moment and it shouldn’t be like this. Maybe Lee Johnson is the example of what can be done if coaches are backed.