This end of season tradition where our managers and head coaches either leave or get sacked isn’t doing anyone any good. We thought by sacking Thomas Christiansen mid-season we could possibly avoid it but it seems we’re back to square one. Paul Heckingbottom certainly isn’t popular amongst fans, but sacking him before a transfer window will be bold. Either way it needs putting to bed.
Reports from a Spanish twitter account this week added fuel to a fire that was started weeks ago, claiming that Marco Silva was in line to be offered the Leeds United job. This seems extremely unlikely because not only was he not interested a few months ago when we got in touch about the job but he’s being sounded out by Benfica. Benfica or Leeds? I wonder which appeals more to him. I think the most obvious situation is that Heckingbottom stays on but won’t be given much room for error as the season starts, the pressure will be on because quite simply he hasn’t been good enough. I’m not really one who believes head-coaches should be sacked before they have even had the chance to recruit a player but I also think Heckingbottom needs to show a lot more adventure and balls than what he has. I’m sick of seeing the same shit every single week this season and that’s both Heckingbottom and Christiansen, neither who show any form of adventure whatsoever.
I look at Wolves this season, the three at the back with wing-backs. Sheffield United have done the same, why can’t we hive that a go? We actually have the players to try it but we don’t because the coaches are scared to death of trying something new and that’s what makes me wonder if Heckingbottom is too old school in his ways. If he was o play 4-4-2 in every game and go attacking I would probably accept it but he can’t because his best player (on paper) doesn’t fit into that. The problem is that his best player doesn’t look interested yet gets picked every week because the other options are limp. When he does drop him he started Jay-Roy Grot and that simply defies belief, because that’s the sort of move that got Christiansen the sack. He has also passed up the chance to play exciting youngsters in favour of having the likes of Vurnon Anita and Hadi Sacko amongst others on the bench, players that have no future at Leeds United.
The whole situation has been a royal mess, and there is only one way of solving it, better players. The idea this summer is that we cut down the quantity of the players and replace it with better players on bigger wages, Kyle Bartley the example of that, we already know he’s the number one target this summer. Paul Heckingbottom, just like Thomas Christiansen will look much better if the players they are working with are a better standard. we know what Heckingbottom can do, he formed a quality side at Barnsley before it was dismantled, they weren’t a million miles off the play-offs last season before tailing off after players were sold leading to a dip in form. Maybe it simply is that he isn’t getting anything out of the players because a lot know their futures don’t like at Elland Road. Either way he has to do better, and Andrea Radrizzani has to make it clear if Heckingbottom is leading us into next season.