Leeds United confirmed that they had sacked manager Paul Heckingbottom on Friday, and are seeking a swift replacement, according to a reliable journalist.
The official announcement was made on the official Leeds Twitter page on Friday, with a statement attached from MD Angus Kinnear thanking him for his work and stating that the club was looking for someone with more experience.
???? | Leeds United can confirm that Paul Heckingbottom has left his role as Head Coach
— Leeds United (@LUFC) June 1, 2018
Following this, BBC journalist Adam Pope said that the club were looking for a swift replacement for Heckingbottom and that Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa was the leading candidate.
He also claimed that Kinnear was in Argentina last week.
The club not revealing too much about the criteria for a new head coach other than wanting a swift appointment. Marcelo Bielsa’s name is the one leading the way & I was told last night that #lufc M.D. Angus Kinnear was in Argentina last week.
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) June 1, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
Things have progressed quickly since Football Insider broke the exclusive story on Friday morning. Within an hour of the news breaking, other outlets followed suit, before Leeds officially confirmed the news at midday. Bielsa was being mentioned in connection with Leeds as early as Thursday night and Pope has now claimed that he is the leading candidate and that Kinnear flew to Argentina as early as last week, presumably for the face-to-face talks with the new manager. Leeds fans can hardly believe that they’re being linked with a legendary manager like Bielsa, who, while he might not be at the peak of his power, has managed Argentina for six years, and high-profile clubs like Marseilles, Lazio and Athletic Bilbao. If the club are looking for someone with more experience then they couldn’t get much better than Bielsa, who has won Olympic Gold with Argentina and came runners-up in the Europe League with Bilbao. Beilsa was also called the ‘best coach in the world’ by Pep Guardiola and Maurcio Pochettino, and the Spurs manager went on to say, “He is like my football father”. Heady days for Leeds fans, the question, can they land their man?
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