By Richard Parks
Paul Heckingbottom was ordered to attend showdown Leeds United talks on Monday as his job hangs in the balance, according to a reliable journalist.
Sun correspondent Alan Nixon, who is a reliable source of transfer and manager news, claimed in an exchange with a United fan on social media on Tuesday that Heckingbottom has met with the hierarchy at Elland Road following the team’s return from their controversial trip to Myanmar.
Nixon explained that he is waiting on confirmation of the outcome of the talks but his gut feeling is that the manager’s powerbase will be diminished and that director of football Victor Orta has got the nod to choose which players the club buy this summer.
Football Insider verdict:
Given Nixon’s reputation as a reliable source of information, at the very least Heckingbottom’s job is hanging by a thread. That is no surprise, with Football Insider revealing last month that the ex-Barnsley boss was likely to be axed at the end of what has been a wretched campaign for the club and a list of replacements was being drawn up. Heckingbottom was appointed at the start of February but has proved to be a downgrade on predecessor Thomas Christiansen, not to mention Garry Monk. Sure, he could turn it round if he is given a pre-season to implement a playing style and assemble the squad to his own specifications. But that appears unlikely, as Orta very much calls the transfer tune at Elland Road. The Spaniard’s recruitment has been as haphazard as Heckingbottom’s management, but, crucially, he has the trust of owner Andrea Radrizzani. The same cannot be said for the Yorkshireman.