By Richard Parks
One of the key members of Thomas Christiansen’s backroom staff is remaining at Leeds United despite the arrival of Paul Heckingbottom as the new manager, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay reported on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday morning that Heckingbottom had arrived at the club’s Thorp Arch headquarters to take training for the first time after the club announced he has been appointed on an 18-month contract.
The 40-year-old, who is set to be unveiled to the media soon, was joined by his assistant Jamie Clapham after both signed contracts following their departures from Barnsley.
But Hay reported that the former left-back, who played for United in the 2007-08 season, is the only addition to Heckingbottom’s backroom team that he is aware of.
The reliable journalist explained that goalkeeping coach Marcos Abad, who arrived at Leeds last summer following the appointment of ex-manager Thomas Christiansen, is still at the club as the likelihood remains that he will stay on under the new boss.

It was expected that Heckingbottom would have a clean slate to work with at Elland Road after it emerged that the key allies of fChristiansen followed him out of the club.
Julio Banuelos, Paul Butler, and Ivan Torres were given their marching orders in the usual spate of exits that follows the end of a management tenure.
But the new manager will have only one familiar face alongside him when he takes charge of the team for the first time when they face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday lunchtime.
In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that Heckingbottom has emerged from a three-man shortlist.
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