Date: 8th February 2018 at 8:12pm
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By Richard Parks

Ian Wright has questioned why Paul Heckingbottom would want to swap the security of Barnsley for “volatile” Leeds United – and fans of the Whites have taken to Twitter to question the pundit’s knowledge of their club.

The Arsenal legend delivered his verdict on Leeds’ appointment of the highly rated 40-year-old on Sky Sports’ The Debate programme on Tuesday night.

Heckingbottom became the eighth Leeds manager in four years earlier this week following the sacking of Thomas Christiansen, whose reign ended after just 35 matches.

“The way Leeds are currently…they’re trigger-happy, man,” Wright told Sky Sports, in conversation with Liam Rosenior, Dennis Wise and host Kelly Cates. “For him to leave Barnsley, where he has done great for them and they love him, to go to a place where it is so volatile in the way they sack managers.”

Leeds fans took issue on social media with Wright’s comments, with many pointing out that Christiansen was the first manager to be sacked by Leeds since Uwe Rosler two-and-a-half years ago.

Garry Monk chose to leave at the end of last season and his predecessor Steve Evans simply left at the end of 2015-16 because his contract had expired.

The prevailing view of the United faithful is that Wright is mistaking Andrea Radrizzani for former owner Massimo Cellino.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

Heckingbottom had spent two years as permanent Barnsley manager after two previous spells as caretaker.

The Tykes are placed 21st in the Championship, 11 places behind Leeds, who won 40 per cent of their matches under Christiansen, but the former defender is highly regarded for winning promotion in 2015-16 before steering the club to a 14th place finish last season after they sold their two best players, Conor Hourihane and Sam Winnall, in the January window.

His first game at Leeds is Saturday’s Yorkshire derby against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

In other Leeds United news, Andrea Radrizzani has hit back at criticism of the club’s transfer policy and hailed two Victor Orta signings who are gems.

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