Bielsa linked with shock Leeds move after Heckingbottom axe

Heather Diaz
June 2, 2018

Leeds United are considering a shock approach for Marcelo Bielsa to replace Paul Heckingbottom as their manager.

Bielsa, 62, would be a stunning replacement at Elland Road and a well-placed source has told Football Insider that Leeds have held face-to face talks, and that owner Andrea Radrizzani is personally spearheading the move.

Leeds United announced on Friday morning that they have relieved manager Paul Heckingbottom of his duties, and it is fair to say that the decision was not met with too much disappointment from fans of the Yorkshire outfit.

Paul Heckingbottom has been sacked by Leeds United after just 16 games.

It is believed negotiations with Bielsa are underway and reports in Spain suggest Leeds are optimistic about pushing through a deal.

Heckingbottom's departure means Leeds could start the season with a new manager for a fifth successive year - and whoever takes over will be the club's 10th boss since 2014.

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Heckingbottom's assistant, Jamie Clapham, has also left the club along with head of fitness Noel Winder and analyst Alex Bailey.

It may spell bad news for Paul Heckingbottom, whose suffered speculation over his future in recent weeks.

Heckingbottom was brought in to replace Thomas Christiansen, who was sacked in February following their terrible start to 2018, but the former Barnsley boss was unable to turn his side's fortunes around.

The former Barnsley boss took over in February after Thomas Christiansen was sacked and won just four of his 16 matches in charge.

"Paul came to us during a hard period in the season and has conducted himself in an exemplary manner despite results not going as any of us had hoped", Kinnear said in a club statement.

'Our objective is to bring in a Head Coach with more experience who can help us reach the goals we have talked about since we became custodians of the club last summer.

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