EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Leeds are set to axe manager Paul Heckingbottom and are drawing up a list of replacements, Football Insider sources understands.

Leeds have endured a disastrous run of form since the turn of the year and Tuesday’s defeat to Preston means they have only won two of their last 19 games.

Leeds were fifth in the Championship table on 26 December but a run of just two victories in 19 games has left them in 14th and ended any hope of winning promotion to the Premier League.

Heckingbottom was brought in to replace Thomas Christiansen, who was sacked in February following their dreadful start to 2018, but the former Barnsley boss has been  unable to turn the his side’s fortunes around.

Heckingbottom was tasked with getting Leeds into the play-offs, but they are now worse off than they were under Christiansen, leading to serious questions within the corridors of power at Elland Road.

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Heckingbottom has won just two of his first 12 games in charge and the club are now set to dispense with Heckingbottom’s services and look for a new manager.

A well-placed source has told Football Insider that it is matter of when and not if Leeds will sack Heckingbottom with the club deliberating whether to act now or wait until the end of the season with the campaign due to finish on May 6.

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