Heckingbottom sets ambitious Leeds target as he reveals short term aims
Leeds United’s new manager Paul Heckingbottom has said that there is no reason the club cannot finish in a play off spot come the end of the season but insists the short term aim must be building up consistency.
The former Barnsley boss arrived at Elland Road to replace the departing Thomas Christiansen, who left with the Whites sitting 10th in the Championship after a rollercoaster season, having joined last summer.
A bright start to the campaign saw the club shoot to the top of the Championship table, before an abysmal run of form saw them tumble down to outside the top six, with a handful of wins coming among several defeats.
They managed to halt their slump and reignite their play off hopes with another unbeaten run, but they have since failed to win a game since victory on Boxing Day against Burton Albion, with the 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Cardiff City securing Christiansen’s fate.
Now the new boss says he still has aspirations of challenging for promotion, ambitious considering they sit seven points adrift already, at the end of the campaign but turning in regular performances is his first objective.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We want pressure on every game, to win every game. The aim is to be a real force in this league.
“It’s (a play off spot) something that’s definitely achievable.
“One thing you have to have in this league is consistency. We’ll start putting things in place that will hopefully benefit us in the short term this year and we’ll rise up the table but ultimately we want to build a way of playing that will benefit us in the long term.”
Heckingbottom’s first game in charge will see him and his side travel to Sheffield United, themselves early play off hopefuls, but a similar run of poor form sees them sit just two places and two points ahead of Leeds in eighth.
In other Leeds United news, the boss has confirmed action has been taken to stamp out a major issue plaguing the club.