As the days tick over at Leeds United it is looking more and more likely that the club are looking for a new head-coach. Paul Heckingbottom is on his holidays but that isn’t stopping speculation that Andrea Radrizzani is chasing a new man to take the club forward. The gut feeling is now that it’s a matter of when and not if the club get rid of him.
he’s still on holiday and we’re still waiting to see how it pans out for him. Club could go either way on this. Meetings before he left weren’t especially productive
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 27, 2018
The most bizarre thing about this whole situation is that the main issue here seems to be the meetings had before Heckingbottom left the club, discussing the transfer window. We know that he wanted Barnsley captain Andy Yiadom to join the club on a free transfer and he ended up at Reading because Leeds (probably Orta) decided he wasn’t needed. Despite being a very unpopular figure at Leeds United you have to say Orta was bang on in this situation.
Leeds are currently in pursuit of Kyle Bartley, Angus Gunn and Abel Hernandez. Those three players are better than what we have at the club so it really is hard to see where Paul Heckingbottom may be getting his issues about the transfer policy. The problem is we don’t know everything that is going on behind the scenes we are only getting snippets and there is probably a lot more to what’s happening at Leeds United. Another strange development is that the club didn’t make a decision on Heckingbottom before he left to go on holiday.
I can’t imagine Heckingbottom enjoying his holiday if he doesn’t know his fate one way or another and it seems massively unfair to be honest. Indications seem to be that the club are looking abroad for a new head-coach and the information juts keeps coming from reputable sources. Every day seems to be new links, Claudio Ranieri and Filippo Inzaghi the two latest two me mentioned and tomorrow probably someone else. Clearly nobody who has connections at the club is getting wind that Heckingbottom is anything close to safe.
different foreign coach has been mentioned to me. Not saying who because I don’t know if it’s got legs. As for Ranieri, honestly not sure.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 27, 2018
Paul Heckingbottom's future at Leeds is in severe doubt with owner Andrea Radrizzani already looking for his successor. Radrizzani has big doubts because Heckingbottom won just four of his 16 games.https://t.co/m5WehymqbY
— David Anderson (@MirrorAnderson) May 28, 2018
What I find extremely frustrating is that the club haven’t made a call on this and if they have then why haven’t they just come out and made it clear what’s happening. I genuinely can’t remember the last time we didn’t have to go through this in a summer, it’s frustrating and it doesn’t help us with our preparation. The only reason the club think we’ll get away with this at the moment is because Victor Orta is pulling the strings in terms of transfers, something that is also hugely frustrating given how poor he was last summer.
The club need to make a decision on this as soon as possible, they surely have already because if we are looking for a new head-coach and thinking Heckingbottom will do if we can’t get who we want then we need to take a look at ourselves. If the club believe Heckingbottom can do the job then make it clear that’s the case. Using the fact that the season has just ended because of the play-offs as an excuse for us not doing any business and sorting out our head-coach isn’t good enough.
My gut feeling is that he will go before too long. When the season ended and he was given the task of taking a squad to Myanmar I was certain he was staying but it just seems like the silence from the club who will know what’s being said is deafening in terms of what it means.