LUFC Leeds Close To Announcing New Head Coach
Leeds United are close to announcing Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom as the replacement for Thomas Christiansen.
Heckingbotton only signed a new deal at Oakwell on Friday but Leeds have triggered a release clause in the deal allowing them to talk to the former defender who has been in charge at Barnsley since 2016.
The Barnsley boss is meeting with Leeds chiefs this evening to conclude a deal to bring him to Elland Road.
The 40-year-old led Barnsley to promotion from League One in 2016 as well as winning the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy. Barnsley were in the relegation places when Heckingbottom took over before the eventually won promotion via the play-offs.
In their first season in the Championship, Barnsley finished 14th following a poor run in the second half of the season after the club sold Sam Winnall, James Bree and Conor Hourihane in the January transfer window having already lost Marley Watkins and Alfie Mawson the previous summer.
Heckingbottom is regarded as one of the most promising coaches in the Football League and he has already turned down approaches from Sunderland and Nottingham Forest this season.
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