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Carnage Continues, Leeds Sack Paul Heckingbottom

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Ray Burton
Ray Burton
Ray writes mostly in-depth analytical pieces covering a range of sports from a more statistical perspective drawing his inspiration from the fanalytics movement. Ray writes on the NFL, Premier League, MLB, NHL, NBA, and NRL.

Leeds United have sacked head coach Paul Heckingbottom after just 16 games. Heckingbottom has become the latest in a long line of Leeds coaches to be sacked after just 4 months in the role. The 40-year old Heckingbottom left Barnsley to take the Leeds job on February 4th. He will be replaced by a “more experienced” manager.

“Our objective is to bring in a head coach with more experience who can help us reach the goals we have talked about since we became custodians of the club last summer. Paul came to us during a difficult period in the season and has conducted himself in an exemplary manner despite results not going as any of us had hoped.”


Leeds are fast becoming one of the laughing stocks of the Championship. They’ve already had 10 different managers since 2012, averaging nearly 2 per season. The upheaval of constant changing of the manager hasn’t resulted in positive results on the pitch. Having finished 13th, 14th or 15th every season bar 2016/17 during this spell.

High Turnover Continues With Paul Heckingbottom Sacking

Paul Heckingbottom took over in February and was highly rated. He won 4, drew 4 and lost 8 of his games in charge at Leeds. Previous managers haven’t fared much better:

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Garry Monk left Leeds upset at the way the club was going to move forward. It was widely thought that new owner, Andrea Radrizzani, didn’t think Monk was the right man for the job or a big enough name. Monk is the only manager to bring stability to the club since 2012 however. Now with the further sacking of Paul Heckingbottom, Leeds United fans will be fearing the worst.

“It is with huge disappointment that my time at Leeds United has come to an end. My intention was always to remain at Leeds and I saw myself at this fantastic club for many years to come. However, ultimately no agreement could be reached. After discussions with the new owner, we have unfortunately been unable to agree on a suitable way for us to all move forward together.”

Garry Monk On leaving Leeds

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