It’s June the 1st and Leeds United have finally put Paul Heckingbottom out of his misery by sacking him whilst he was still on his holidays.
When he first took the job he said that his children asked him when he gets sacked can they go on holiday. The Heckingbottom’s can now extend their break by a week or more and Leeds will probably pay the bill.
Another season that the club will start with a new Head Coach at the helm, Brian McDermott was the last one to stay through the summer break.
In a results business Paul Heckingbottom left the club with the worst win percentage ratio of any manager to take charge since the club's relegation form the Premier League, that itself is the main reason why he’s wondering what to do in the next few weeks instead of planning to get in much needed quality at Leeds.
Was it his fault? I don’t think it was completely. The results in his tenure were not good enough and he did make some quizzical substitutions with Grot and Lasogga used far too frequently when losing in games but I put the blame on who recruited him, Victor Orta.
The players have also played their part this season and have in turn got two decent blokes the sack because they played shite and lost games, once they crossed the white line it was up to them to do their jobs which in most cases they failed abysmally.
Andrea Radrizzani is starting to look very like the man he replaced but with better tailored suits. Hiring then firing Head Coaches smacks of incompetence and he knows (or should do) that he needs to get his third coach in less than twelve months right. There have been many names mentioned but it is to be seen who fancies picking up the most ‘poisonous chalice’ in the entire EFL.
Leeds United author and fan David Watkins put this in a message to me via Twitter when I told him of the removal of Heckingbottom “F#%%#%g ridiculous in my humble opinion....16 games, many against play off sides way better than us, a man in place who knows what the Championship is about, and we chuck him out. Crazy logic! If we now struggle in August what the f#%k then?”
An honest assessment of the situation Leeds now find themselves in, once again and agree with DW.
Where do the club go from here? I for one am sick and tired of it being seen as a large joke. This club has traditions and a history of triumphs with an incredible following despite years of abuse and neglect by the owners of it and like me they have had enough of the circus inside the ‘Theatre of everlasting Hope’, sooner or later they may turn on their smiling owner.
It is time now for stability that lasts more than six months, even a season isn’t time for anybody to build something that will last and make a team capable of challenging for Promotion season after season until it is finally achieved.
WE AWAIT THE WHITE SMOKE!
By Keith Ingham