By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to express their anger after Paul Heckingbottom revealed in an interview with Radio Leeds tonight (Wednesday) that the club will have a “mid-table” transfer budget this summer.
The United manager outlined his transfer plans following a poor start to his reign since taking over from Thomas Christiansen at the start of February.
Leeds are 14th in the Championship table and their play-off hopes have been left in tatters after securing just one win since Boxing Day.
Heckingbottom said specific plans have not yet been drawn up on new signings but explained that he has a rough idea of how many he wants to bring in as well as the playing budget that he and director of football will have to work with.
As quoted by the West Yorkshire Sport Twitter account, the manager told Radio Leeds that the management team are “going to have to do a lot of things better” next season especially if we are going to have a mid-table budget”.
????️PH on squad: “As people they have been good and the response has been good. We are going to have to do a lot of things better next season if we are going to try and get in that top 6 especially if we are going to have a mid-table budget” #lufc
— West Yorkshire Sport (@WYSdaily) March 21, 2018
Heckingbottom’s confession did not go down well with Leeds fans on social media.
Some claimed that it was a poor way to sell season tickets ahead of the renewal date, while others sarcastically claimed it was a “lie to keep the prices of players down”.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
The ‘Wolves model’ abandoned already.
— Andrew Waugh (@csameoldsameold) March 21, 2018
Cue the “We’re hardly gonna admit what our wage budget is on social media” brigade …
— Matt Hill (@MattyHill83) March 21, 2018
Don’t worry it’s all a lie to keep the prices of players down ????????
— Ben Cawley (@BenLufcCawley) March 21, 2018
Next season should be a good one can’t wait
— Jake (@maycockjake1) March 21, 2018
Doesn’t inspire me to ‘re new my ST ????
— SMILEY BADGE ???????????? (@BadgeSmiley) March 21, 2018
That’s a hell of a way to sell season tickets #lufc
— Phelim Carville (@phelimcarville) March 21, 2018
Disgusting mid table mentality that we’ve spent loads
— Max (@_maxclough) March 21, 2018
— Jamie Kilburn (@J_Kilburn) March 21, 2018
Wow what a way to excite fans and attempt to sell season tickets.
— Jamie (@LUFCjamie1919) March 21, 2018
United made 16 senior signings last summer and a further four in the January window, when Yosuke Ideguchi, Laurens De Bock, Adam Forshaw and Tyler Roberts were signed.
But the whirlwind of transfer activity has failed to improve the team, who finished seventh in the league last season under former manager Garry Monk.
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