EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom is set to be sacked this weekend, Football Insider sources understand.
Heckingbottom has failed to convince owner Andrea Radrizzani and the board that he can effect positive change over the summer and lead his side to the play-offs next season.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Heckingbottom is back from his holidays this weekend and will be summoned to the club’s headquarters and be told that he is losing his job after just four months.
The former Barnsley manager took over from Thomas Christiansen in February after a poor run of form had seen Leeds slide down the Championship table.
They hadn’t won in 2018 and were on a run of seven games without victory.
However, Heckingbottom failed to arrest the slump and only recorded four wins in the 16 games he was in charge of the side, with one coming against QPR on the last day of the season.
Eight of Heckingbottom’s 16 games in the Championship ended in defeat.
Football Insider exclusively revealed back in April that Leeds had made the call to sack him before the start of the 2018/19 season.
The only decision was whether to act immediately or wait until the summer, and now Radrizzani has acted.
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