Leeds United are closing in on the appointment of Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The Whites are chasing their eighth manager in just six years following the sacking of Thomas Christiansen after just 35 games in charge.

Christiansen departed the club last night with the club without a win since Boxing Day and seven points adrift of the play offs in 10th place.

Owner Andrea Radrizanni is keen on making a swift appointment and is hoping to tie up a deal within the next 24 hours.

Heckingbottom only signed a new deal at current club Barnsley last week, but it is believed that Leeds are willing to pay the release clause in the 40-year olds contract.

Following the departure of Lee Johnson, Heckingbottom was appointed as caretaker coach at his boyhood club until the end of the 2016 season.

The 40-year-old guided the Tykes to a Johnstone Paint Trophy triumph, as well as promotion via the play offs to the Championship. After such a successful spell in charge, he was appointed as manager on a permanent basis.

Despite losing key men such as Conor Hourihane, Alfie Mawson and Sam Winnall, Heckingbottom helped the club to a 14th place finish in their first season back in the Championship.

Despite his success in his first two campaigns as Barnsley boss, the Tykes have won just one game in their previous sixteen and sit just one point above the Championship drop zone.

He is regarded as one of the most talented young managers in the country, and it would be quite considered quite a coup if Leeds were able to prize him to Elland Road.

 

 

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