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?

Monday, 31st December 2018, 11:08 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 1:55 am
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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.
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.
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.
NFL giants San Francisco 49ers confirm they have bought a minority share in Leeds United for 10m with Paraag Marathe appointed to the Whites board at Elland Road.
After just 1 win in 16 games in charge at Elland Road following a lot of speculation about his future Leeds United sack Paul Heckingbottom at the end of the 2017/18 season.
After two weeks of rumours Leeds United appoint world renowned head coach Marcelo Bielsa as the man to lead the Whites promotion charge in 2018/19.
Leeds United confirm the signing of forward Patrick Bamford in a deal worth up to 10m - the 25-year-old becomes United's most expensive signing since Robbie Fowler (11m) in 2001.
Marcelo Bielsa becomes the first Whites manager in history to win his opening four games in charge of the club - the Argentine would go on to win August's Championship Manager of the Month award.
After a battling start to the season Leeds fall to their heaviest defeat of the campaign at West Brom in a 4-1 loss - Bielsa takes the blame for an embarrassing night.
Leeds United respond by winning their next four Championship fixtures to get back on track in the league following the heavy Hawthorns defeat.
In mid-December Leeds United are rocked by the news that playmaker Samuel Saiz wants to leave the club and return to Spain - United allow him to complete a loan deal to La Liga side Getafe.
The Whites, without Saiz, win their next two games including an astonishing 3-2 victory over Aston Villa where the Whites battle back from 2-0 down as Kemar Roofe bags in the 95th minute.
Following the improbable Villa Park comeback United sit top of the Championship at Christmas under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa.
Leeds United secure another unlikely victory as Elland Road goes nuts... United bag twice in injury-time on Boxing Day to defeat Blackburn Rovers 3-2 - Kemar Roofe is the hero once again. What a win!
Leeds United fall one game short of the club's best winning run since 1931 as Hull City hand Bielsa a 2-0 defeat at Elland Road to end 2018 after seven straight victories.