Leeds United saved themselves £500,000 by waiting until June 1 to sack manager Paul Heckingbottom, according to a report.
In the Mirror’s live transfer blog (June 2, 9.55pm) claim that a clause in Heckingbottom’s contract stated that he would be eligible for a £1million payout if he was sacked before June.
From June 1, that amount would reduce to just £500,000.
The report also claims that Leeds are now looking to bring in former Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa.
Football Insider verdict:
If this report is true it explains why Leeds waited so long to sack Heckingbottom. Football Insider revealed that the decision had been made as far back as April but it looked like he might have scored a reprieve when he was still in his job in May, following the post-season tour to Myanmar. However, with the club needing all the money they can get to revamp the squad this summer, it’s understandable why they would want to keep hold of the £500,000. Heckingbottom might not see it the same way and would be within his rights to be upset if this was indeed the case. Thankfully, the situation is now resolved and it leaves Leeds to appoint the man they see as the right fit to take them back up to the Premier League next season. Bielsa is the name on everyone’s lips at the moment after Football Insider revealed that he had held face-to-face talks with the club. Leeds have said that they want a quick appointment and will be hoping that Bielsa – which would be a stunning coup – fancies a challenge in the Championship.
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