On Sunday it was announced by Leeds United that the club and then head coach Thomas Christiansen had part company after eight months.

With the Whites sitting a little uncomfortably in 10th position and now seven points adrift of the play-off picture, the club have moved quickly to install Christiansen’ replacement. Confirmed today, but rumoured in since early Monday morning, the new man in the Elland Road hotseat is former Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom.


The ex-Tykes boss gained promotion from League One to the Sky Bet Championship through the play-off system and a Wembley win. His first season in the Championship saw him guide Barnsley to a creditable 14th position in the table.

Talking of firsts, after speaking to the media at Elland Road, Heckingbottom was straight up to a snowy Thorp Arch to take his first training session with his new charges.

Heckingbottom’s presence at Thorp Arch, and him taking control of his first Leeds United training session gave fans something to comment about on Twitter.

By Heck – Leeds United fans comment on new boss’ first training session

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