Leeds United right-back and fan favourite, Luke Ayling, has named who he would like to see in charge at Elland Road next season, and it’s Paul Heckingbottom.
The defender has been impressed by what he has seen so far under the former Barnsley boss, who came across to the Whites in February, after Andrea Radrizzani reportedly coughed up £500,000 to replace Thomas Christiansen.
And while form hasn’t been great under Heck – eight defeats since taking charge of affairs reveals that much, Ayling still wants him to continue.
As quoted in the Yorkshire Evening Post, the 26-year-old said: “Him and his staff have come in and done really well for us.
“Training’s been good and there’s been stuff going on around the club that people don’t see.
“They’ve been really good and I hope he gets given a chance. I’m sure he will.”
Football Insider verdict:
Half a season is not enough of a chance to stamp his authority on the team. Heck showed that he can do the business the season before last at Barnsley where he guided his team to the Championship. At 40, he is a young manager and has shown he is not afraid of blooding the youngsters – since his arrival Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Tom Pearce, and Paudie O’Connor have come to the fore after being given opportunities. However, football is inherently knee-jerk these days to the point where one or two defeats gets supporters twitching in the stands and his record since joining the Whites says it all. Andrea Radrizzani went for the cheap option with this one and it has not paid off. Fans are keen to see the back of him and if they settle with what they have, a defeat or two in the opening few games of next season will have supporters calling for the axe to fall on Heckingbottom again.
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