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Phil Hay’s big match verdict: Heckingbottom out to sharpen up Leeds United after Blades defeat

Paul Heckingbottom can console himself by thinking that no managerial change would have countered Billy Sharp. Sharp has Leeds United’s number and before their defeat at Bramall Lane on Saturday, his father messaged him to remind him that he was sitting on a tally of five goals in five games against the club from Elland Road. “He believed I’d score,” Sharp said. “I felt the same.”

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Billy Sharp scores Sheffield United's first goal against Leeds United on Saturday.

Leeds United: Sharp backs Heckingbottom to succeed at Elland Road

FORMER Leeds United striker Billy Sharp believes Paul Heckingbottom is the right man to take the Whites forward but feels that the turnover of players and staff in recent years at Elland Road has been “mental”.

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Leeds United: Play-offs are still within reach, insists Forshaw

Adam Forshaw insisted the play-offs were still within reach after a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United left new Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom facing up to a critical clash with Bristol City.

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New Leeds United boss determined to head off players’ ‘fear factor’

Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom admitted he was fighting a “fear factor” amongst the club’s players after his first game in charge ended in defeat to Sheffield United.

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Match report (video) - Sheffield United 2 Leeds United 1: Sharp double condemns Heckingbottom to losing start

BILLY SHARP’S second-half penalty condemned Paul Heckingbottom to defeat in his first game as Leeds United head coach as Sheffield United edged a hard-fought derby at Bramall Lane.

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Video: New Leeds United boss Heckingbottom reveals unique perspective on his role

FLAK travels farther than a manager’s dug-out and on one occasion when Barnsley and Paul Heckingbottom were feeling the heat, two of his daughters came home from school asking if he was about to be sacked.

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Video: Play-offs remain realistic goal insists Leeds United boss Heckingbottom

LEEDS UNITED head coach Paul Heckingbottom insisted a run to the play-offs is possible this season but said he is focused on creating “a force in this league” after taking on the challenge of ending the club’s 14-year stretch below the Premier League.

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Radrizzani Exclusive Pt 4: Leeds owner defends Under-23s set-up

In no area have Leeds United been more aggressive this season than in the reshaping of their development squad.

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Radrizzani Exclusive Pt 3: Leeds United will find a crest ‘everybody will like’

Andrea Radrizzani said he was confident Leeds United would find a badge which “everybody will like” after the club’s attempt to unveil a new crest provoked a backlash from their supporters.

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Phil Hay: The hand Heckingbottom’s been dealt at Leeds United is far from perfect

Rightly or wrongly the feeling at Leeds United is that Thomas Christiansen might prove himself before long. The right idea, the club maintain, but the wrong time for him to be carrying the weight of the world at Elland Road. Almost a case of too much too soon.

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Radrizzani Exclusive Pt 1: Appointing Christiansen was a ‘big mistake’, admits Leeds United owner

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has apologised for the “mistake” of appointing Thomas Christiansen and admitted he had been tempted to sack him earlier after ending Christiansen’s 35-game reign as head coach.

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Radrizzani Exclusive Pt 2: Orta backed as Leeds United owner retains promotion hope

In a wide-ranging interview, Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani talks to Phil Hay about Thomas Christiansen, recruitment, the role of Victor Orta and what can be salvaged from the current campaign.

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Pontus Jansson is stretchered out of Saturday's defeat to Cardiff City.

Jansson set to hand Leeds United major boost by returning for Blades clash

Pontus Jansson looks set to hand Leeds United and new head coach Paul Heckingbottom a major boost by playing in Saturday’s Yorkshire derby at Sheffield United.
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Paul Heckingbottom takes his first training session at Thorp Arch as Leeds United manager. Picture: Varleys/LUFC.

Shared vision convinces Paul Heckingbottom he’s a good match for Leeds United

NEW Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom says he is ready for a defining period of the season and insists he and the club are “aligned” in their ideas after signing an 18-month contract.

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Leeds United’s structure and size of the challenge excites new boss Heckingbottom

New Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom said he was ready for a defining period of the season and insisted he and the club were “aligned” in their ideas after signing an 18-month contract.

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Leeds United’s appointment of Paul Heckingbottom is a calculated risk worth taking

Leeds United were not the first club to court Paul Heckingbottom and his reputation in various boardrooms transcended Barnsley’s league position. Barnsley are in trouble this season, out of form and in the soup, but Heckingbottom’s stock remains intact, untainted by the prospect of him taking them down.

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Leeds United confirm Paul Heckingbottom as new head coach

Leeds United have named Paul Heckingbottom as their new head coach on an 18-month contract.

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New Leeds United manager/head coach, Paul Heckingbottom.

Leeds United move quickly to put Heckingbottom in place as soon as possible

PAUL HECKINGBOTTOM was set to take training at Thorp Arch this morning after Leeds United moved to appoint the Barnsley manager as their new head coach.

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Leeds United set to finalise apppointment of Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom as new manager

LEEDS UNITED are set to finalise the appointment of Paul Heckingbottom as their new head coach tonight after activating a clause to release him from his contract at Barnsley.

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