Heckingbottom lands Leeds job

06 February 2018 06:58:37 EST

Leeds United have confirmed Paul Heckingbottom as their new head coach following the sacking of Thomas Christiansen at Elland Road.

A run of disappointing results and performances ultimately cost the Dane Christiansen his job with the West Yorkshire outfit and the club have now moved quickly to appoint a replacement.

Heckingbottom joins the Whites from Yorkshire rivals Barnsley on an 18-month deal and takes over a Leeds side currently sat in 10th place in the Championship table and seven points off the playoffs.

A statement from Barnsley suggested they were shocked at their former manager's decision to move to Elland Road, having only last week put pen to paper on a new deal at Oakwell.

It read: "The club are shocked at Paul Heckingbottom's desire to leave, having agreed a new contract last week following the completion of the January transfer window, where the board worked tirelessly along with Paul to secure their targets."

Heckingbottom's first game in charge of the Whites will be Saturday's Yorkshire derby against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Leeds are 7/2 to win, 13/5 to draw and 10/11 to lose to the Blades.

Heckingbottom's new side are 66/1 to be promoted this season.

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