Former Leeds United star David Prutton has questioned owner Andrea Radrizzani’s decision to apologise for the appointment of Thomas Christiansen as manager back in the summer.
The Whites named the Danish boss as the successor of Garry Monk after the controversial series of events which saw the former Swansea coach resign despite a new contract offer coming his way.
A bright start to the season, going seven games unbeaten and topping the Championship table, suggested that the club had pulled off a masterstroke in the decision to give the inexperienced Christiansen the job, but a rollercoaster of a campaign eventually saw him relieved of his duties after the 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Cardiff.
Former Barnsley boss Paul Hackingbottom has been handed the reins, and while Prutton believes his arrival will be a good thing for the club, he insists that you cannot help but feel sorry for Christiansen’s exit, which he says came down to unfortunate circumstances.
He wrote in his blog for the Yorkshire Evening Post: “You have to feel sympathy for him because it just seemed to be running away from him.
“You saw in his post match interview where we [sic] was almost scratching his head wondering ‘what on earth is going on?’
“There are things he maybe would have done differently but I wasn’t quite sure about Andrea Radrizzani almost apologising for the appointment.
“You just turn around and say ‘look, this didn’t work out and then we move on’ which is what Leeds have got to do.”
Heckingbottom’s first game in charge sees him go up against Sheffield United, with 10th placed Leeds sitting two points and two places below the Blades, and are seven points adrift of the play off spots.
In other Leeds United news, the club are hunting a transfer swoop which will mirror a capture from 2017.