Report: Former Leeds player to rejoin club after new manager is announced today
Paul Heckingbottom is expected to take training at Thorp Arch this morning after being officially unveiled as Leeds manager today – and is set to bring assistant Jamie Clapham with him.
That comes just three days after Heckingbottom signed a new contract with Barnsley, but Leeds activated his £500,000 release clause to ensure a swift appointment after sacking Thomas Christiansen on Sunday.
Heckingbottom is expected to bring his Barnsley number two Clapham with him when he joins.
Clapham has previous experience of Leeds – the left-back played on loan from Wolves in the 2007-08 season.
He made 13 appearances for the club in League One before moving back to Wolves and joining Leicester on a free transfer.
Leeds finished in the play-offs that season and made it to the final where they lost 1-0 to Doncaster.
Clapham finished his playing career at Kettering where he retired in 2011.
Heckingbottom has a clean slate to work with after Leeds also sacked Christiansen’s backroom staff, Julio Banuelos, Paul Butler, and Ivan Torres.
His first game in charge will be in front of the Sky TV cameras as he takes his team to face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday lunchtime.
In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that Heckingbottom has emerged from a three-man shortlist.
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