The Sheffield Star reports that Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom is ‘unlikely’ to return to former club Barnsley, despite some betting support in him doing so. Heckingbottom’s future at Leeds has however been a major talking point in recent times.
40-year-old Heckingbottom has been linked with the exit door at Elland Road this summer, after struggling to make an impact since his appointment in February. He has only managed four victories during that period, with several names being linked as his potential replacement. This therefore opened up the possibility of him returning to Barnsley. Steve Bruce is the latest name mentioned as a potential replacement for Heckingbottom.
However, even though there could be some logic in such a rumour, it is almost certain not to happen, even if he was discarded by Leeds. This is because of the ‘circumstances’ in which he left Oakwell in the first place for Leeds. He signed a new deal with the Tykes, only for him to leave three days later for Leeds, where he signed an 18-month contract. He helped take Barnsley out of Sky Bet League One a few seasons ago, but he probably won’t get the chance to repeat that feat, certainly not for now at least.
Sky Bet has seen some support come for Heckingbottom to leave Leeds and head back to rivals Barnsley in a sensational move. He is now priced at 10/1; the fourth-favourite for the job. One of those above him is Paul Hurst, who is set to exit Shrewsbury Town following play-off agony to be appointed as Ipswich Town. Grant McCann, a former Barnsley player, is out of work and the odds on favourite. He heads Gareth Ainsworth of Wycombe Wanderers. Both names are on Barnsley’s radar, but Heckingbottom seemingly is not.