Recap: New Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom talks team news, leaving Barnsley and Yorkshire derby against Sheffield United

Paul Heckingbottom met the media for the first time as Leeds United head coach. Picture: Varleys/LUFC
Paul Heckingbottom met the media for the first time as Leeds United head coach. Picture: Varleys/LUFC
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PAUL HECKINGBOTTOM meets the media for the first time as Leeds United boss at Thorp Arch this afternoon.

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The 40-year-old was appointed as boss on Tuesday morning and has been busy planning for Saturday's lunchtime Yorkshire derby at Sheffield United on Saturday. We'll bring you the latest updates from the press conference as they happen.

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1.31 pm: On whether the stress of the job will be higher at Leeds, Heckingbottom jokes to reporters that when he gets sacked, he gets to go on holiday with his kids, adding: “That keeps it in perspective.”

1.25pm: Heckingbottom insists the length of contract (18 months) isn't an issue. To a manager it's worth what the severance payment is. He adds: "I know that if I'm successful the club will want to keep me."

PLEASED TO MEET YOU: Various national and local media wait for Paul Heckingbottom's arrival at Thorp Arch.

PLEASED TO MEET YOU: Various national and local media wait for Paul Heckingbottom's arrival at Thorp Arch.

1.23pm: Heckingbottom: "No-one wins anything unless they over-achieve. I love thinking that way because there's always more you can get out of people. It has to be about the team.​

1.21pm: Heckingbottom said he had given no thought to the number of head coaches Leeds have gone through recently - but did think about the security of the job when he started at Barnsley. He added: "I never wanted to be a manager, but little by little I got into it."

1.19pm: Heckingbottom admits that discipline is a "big problem." Says he's all for aggression but you have to have control. It will change. Sendings off through lack of control we've got to address: "We've done things already."

Heckingbottom says he wants involved with transfers but is happy to have a recruitment team here, something he lacked at Barnsley.

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1.18pm: Heckingbottom moves on to some team news ahead of Saturday. Pontus Jansson will be fit and has been training today (Thursday)

1.17pm: Via the YEP's Phil Hay - Heckingbottom playing down his old quotes about Barnsley hating Leeds back when he was a kid. Says he still has friends who go to Leeds games "and they'll be as pleased as me about it."

1.15pm: Heckingbottom added: "Barnsley were 14th when I took over there and we went up. Play-offs are a target ..."

1.12pm: Heckingbottom says he has "no regrets" over the timing of his exit from Barnsley, so soon after his new deal. Talks about the new deal had gone on for a long time. Barnsley earned more than they would have done otherwise. "Barnsley are the winners here."

"I want us to be a force in the league. I hope by kick-off on Saturday I feel like I've already been in the job for a year."

1.09pm: "There’s no reason why we can’t find consistency. That’s a big thing. It’s about I see us playing, winning the ball back, creating chances and how we train. I have a very clear idea of what I want.”

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1.07pm: Heckingbottom admits it is a tough start in terms of fixtures and players missing but perfect to start with a Yorkshire derby. "My goal is to win games" he adds and he doesn't want to put "undue pressure" on people by setting specific targets.

“I really enjoy being a head coach/manager. Saturday’s are what it’s all about", says Heckingbottom.

1.05pm: "The structure at Leeds appeals to me." He's pleased to have people helping with recruitment and other areas.

1.05pm: PH - Says the offer from Leeds felt "right" and that he had turned down previous opportunities to leave Barnsley.

1.03pm: Paul Heckingbottom arrives in the room says since his appointment today is the first time it has felt like "normal"