Leeds manager Paul Heckingbottom has responded to speculation about his job by saying that it came as a “surprise to everyone” – but fans aren’t buying it.
Heckingbottom was talking at the pre-match press conference ahead of the Championship clash with Aston Villa.
The speculation came from a Football Insider exclusive, that said that he was set for the axe after a disastrous run of form has seen them win just 12 games since the former Barnsley man took over.
His words were reported by Phil Hay from the Yorkshire Evening Post on Thursday lunchtime.
Heckingbottom said the speculation about his job yesterday was "a surprise to everyone". Said he's no reason not to think he'll be here at the start of next season. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) April 12, 2018
Fans picked up on the ‘no reason’ remark with incredulity – one fan said that he’d lost the support of the fans and that it could “get ugly” at the Villa game on Friday night.
Another fan put it bluntly saying it’s a surprise to nobody: “It’s a results game and his are terrible”.
Here are the best reactions from Leeds supporters to his comments:
Surprise to everyone? Is he on drugs?
— Joe Atherton (@joetmatherton) April 12, 2018
— Jo Bedford 🐾 (@El_Loco_JoJo) April 12, 2018
WOW!! Are the club blind to the fact he's lost the fans. Once the Leeds punters lose faith it's time to go. Could get ugly tomorrow night.
— Lee Thompson (@lufcThommo) April 12, 2018
No reason other then bad results, bad performances and recent history of the Leeds hierarchy you mean?
— Lee D Jones (@LeeDJones) April 12, 2018
A surprise to nobody. it is a results game and his are terrible.
— david langley (@LangersD) April 12, 2018
Ohh ffs get him out
— Øłłÿ ((ifb)) 🇵🇹🦚 (@ClinicalCosta17) April 12, 2018
he's even dafter than i thought,, does hecky not think out poor form might have something to do with him, and his poor management style what a prize knob he is .we are worse than burton albion since boxing day for christ sake.!!
— stuart taylor (@stuarttaylor18) April 12, 2018
A suprise!! Confirms just how out of touch with reality he really is! GO NOW!!
— Mark Jeffery 🇬🇧 (@Marknonpc) April 12, 2018