The Times journalist Henry Winter has taken to social media following the appointment of Paul Heckingbottom as Leeds United manager to state what must now be done in order to make his arrival a success.
Winter wrote on Twitter that the now former Barnsley boss will need ‘time and patience,’ and then followed that up with ‘proper backing in the summer window with signings that he wants,’ as though to suggest Thomas Christiansen did not get that from the club.
Good luck to Paul Heckingbottom. He needs time and patience, especially given current absentees (injured, banned), and then proper backing in the summer window with signings that he wants. #lufc https://t.co/OjsENv6aQW
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) February 6, 2018
The Danish manager left the club on Sunday night, news that was broken by Football Insider, and that was quickly followed up by Heckingbottom’s arrival at Elland Road, despite only signing a new contract at Oakwell on Friday.
Steve McClaren, Marco Silva, and Gordon Strachan were all names thrown into the hat but in the end, it was the Barnsley manager who Andrea Radrizzani chose to go with.
But The Times journalist Winter’s words of caution urged the Whites faithful to stick with their new appointment, hinting that in light of the list of players missing, results may not immediately turn back in their favour.
Leeds are now tenth in the Championship table – seven points off the play off spots – having lost four of their last six league outings.
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