By Danny Wright

12th Apr, 2018 | 7:43pm

'Not renewing season tickets' - Ex-midfielder slams front-runners to be next Leeds manager

Former Huddersfield and West Brom midfielder Kevin Donovan has slammed the front-runners to be named as the next Leeds United manager with Paul Heckingbottom set to be sacked.

Football Insider exclusively revealed on Wednesday that Heckingbottom is due to be axed by the Whites and the club has started drawing up a list of potential replacements after the ex-Barnsley boss failed to improve results at Elland Road.

That has led to PaddyPower installing Mick McCarthy as 6/1 favourite to be Heckingbottom’s successor after he quit Ipswich earlier than expected after his side beat Barnsley on Tuesday night.

Halifax-born Donovan, who played for Huddersfield, West Brom, Grimsby and Barnsley in his career, is a Leeds supporter and he has admitted that he is glad that he will not be renewing his season ticket at Elland Road next season after being left less than impressed by the front-runners that also include Alan Pardew and Steve McClaren.

“Not renewing season tickets for Leeds next season [is] looking an even better decision than first though,” he said on his personal Twitter account on Thursday.

Football Insider verdict

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Most Leeds fans will be happy with McCarthy as their next manager, but the other names in the running are truly dreadful. Pardew and McClaren would be unmitigated disasters given their most recent spells in management and Andrea Radrizzani has to avoid them at all costs. The Italian businessman made the wrong decision in hiring Heckingbottom. It’s easy to say that in hindsight but results have not been good enough and United are perhaps a step too far for him at this stage of his managerial career. McCarthy is proven at what he does and while he has not had any success in a long time, he would be someone to bring progress and stability to Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, it has been confirmed that the Whites have considered tearing up this centre-back’s deal earlier than it was due to expire.

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