Heckingbottom reveals the four reasons that convinced him to join Leeds
New Leeds manager Paul Heckingbottom has revealed he joined Leeds because of its “size, history and tradition” as well as the club’s “plans for the future”.
Leeds United appointed former Barnsley man Heckingbottom as their new manager on Tuesday morning.
Heckingbottom had only signed a new contract with Barnsley four days prior and it left Barnsley shocked and disappointed.
Heckingbottom has also taken his backroom staff with him, Jamie Clapham, Nathan Wilder and Alex Bailey.
Talking in the Mirror, Heckingbottom said that a chance to manage a club like Leeds was something that he’d been working for.
“It’s a big opportunity with a big club and I’m delighted they think I’m the right man for the job.
“The way they talked to me, the way they outlined their plans for the future and the way they want to go about the job are in line with my own ideas.
“Everything about Leeds – its size, history and tradition – appeal to me and I aim to make the most of this chance.
“I can’t wait to get started.”
Football Insider verdict:
It’s a big job for Heckingbottom and it doesn’t get much tougher than his first game, away at Sheffield United in front of the TV cameras on Saturday lunchtime. If he wants any chance of the play-offs this season he can’t afford to fall off the pace much more and will be desperate to get something out of the game to stamp his authority on the team. Leeds fans will be hoping he can have an instant impact and stop the disastrous run of form that Leeds have found themselves in – without a win through January and with four red cards in the last five games. Finishing with 11 men on the pitch might be the first achievement for the new manager.
In other Leeds news, this is what Heckingbottom had to say about suspended Leeds star Samu Saiz
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