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From Paul Heckingbottom to Marcelo Bielsa - Leeds United's 2018 in pictures

Leeds United head to Nottingham Forest on New Year's Day to begin 2019 - but what were the key moments for the club both on and off the pitch in 2018?

We take a look back at the things to remember and forget for the Elland Road club...

Leeds United fall to a shock 2-1 FA Cup defeat at the hands of Newport County as Samuel Saiz is sent off for spitting at Robbie Willmott - the Spaniard would receive a six-game ban retrospectively.

1. January 7 - Samuel Saiz disgraced

Leeds United fall to a shock 2-1 FA Cup defeat at the hands of Newport County as Samuel Saiz is sent off for spitting at Robbie Willmott - the Spaniard would receive a six-game ban retrospectively.
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After eight months in charge manager Thomas Christiansen is sacked following a 4-1 home defeat to Cardiff City with Leeds United's play-off hanging by a thread.

2. February 4 - Thomas Christiansen sacked

After eight months in charge manager Thomas Christiansen is sacked following a 4-1 home defeat to Cardiff City with Leeds United's play-off hanging by a thread.
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Leeds United unveil Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom as the new man at the helm to lead the Whites charge for the play-offs with 16 games to go.

3. February 6 - Heckingbottom appointed

Leeds United unveil Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom as the new man at the helm to lead the Whites charge for the play-offs with 16 games to go.
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Following a run of two points from five games a Patrick Bamford hat-trick hands Leeds a 3-0 defeat to Middlesbrough and all but ends the Whites hopes of the play-offs.

4. March 2 - Bamford ends promotion hopes

Following a run of two points from five games a Patrick Bamford hat-trick hands Leeds a 3-0 defeat to Middlesbrough and all but ends the Whites hopes of the play-offs.
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