This is why Leeds United took so long to sack Paul Heckingbottom

Marcelo Bielsa

This is why Leeds United took so long to sack Paul Heckingbottom

Leeds are in the market for a new manager after sacking Paul Heckingbottom yesterday.

The Star's sister paper, Yorkshire Evening post is reporting that Heckingbottom, who is on holiday in Greece, was notified of his dismissal this morning with Leeds and owner Andrea Radrizzani calling time on his reign after just 16 games.

Leeds United haven't been a club run in a conventional manner for some years but they might be about take another step in an intriguing direction, having been linked with a move for Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa.

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"I spoke to Paul just before he went into Leeds and I said "you may only get to the summer", said Evans.

Former Barnsley boss Heckingbottom replaced Thomas Christiansen at the start of February, but lost eight of his 16 matches in charge as Leeds finished 13th in the Sky Bet Championship. Heckingbottom's assistant, Jamie Clapham, has also left the club along with head of fitness Noel Winder and analyst Alex Bailey.

Leeds also announced today that set-piece coach Gianni Vio - recruited prior to Heckingbottom's appointment - was moving on at the end of his contract.

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Whites managing director Angus Kinnear had spent time in Bielsa's native Argentina last week and Bielsa's representatives confirmed on Friday night that talks with Leeds were underway about filing the vacant managerial hotseat at Elland Road.

"But I'm looking at Steve Bruce and Mick McCarthy - English managers with track records of getting out of the Championship - and why are they not knocking on those doors?"

They are chasing legendary coach Bielsa as their new boss, with the Argentine available following his departure from French side Lille previous year.

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He quit Barnsley, his boyhood club, to take over at Elland Road after exactly two years in charge at Oakwell.

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