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It has been quite the week at Leeds United. First, they lost 4-1 at home to Cardiff City, managed by former Whites boss Neil Warnock, in a match that also saw Gaetano Berardi sent off as their discipline issues continue.

That saw Thomas Christiansen pay with his job but the Leeds board wasted no time in securing his replacement in the shape of Paul Heckingbottom.

As “Hecky” gets settled in and gets used to being the next man charged with taking Leeds back up to the big time, we asked Sam Saunders, Wycombe Wanderers midfielder and pundit for TalkSPORT and Sky Sports what he made of the situation at Elland Road.

He talked to us about Christiansen’s dismissal and the subsequent appointment of Heckingbottom and told Football League World: “The owner’s come out and said he’s made a mistake by hiring him and for an owner to come out and say that, you’d think it was the right decision to make.

“It just seemed strange timing to do it when the January window’s just closed. It’s a strange one, if you’re going to sack him, do it at the start of January and give the new manager a chance to get players in.”

On Heckingbottom, he said: “He’s come in, he had a steady job that you feel he was quite comfortable and secure at and gone to Leeds where managers there in the past know that it’s not a safe job.

“So fair play to him, he’s backed himself. I don’t see why it wouldn’t be a good appointment. He did well at Barnsley, got them promoted and he’s kept them in the Championship.

“I mean who knows with that Leeds job? They’ve tried every single different type of manager… they’ve tried old, they’ve tried young, they’ve tried foreign… he’s a bit different from what they’ve had before so let’s hope it works out for them.”

Leeds fans – what are your thoughts? Let us know below…

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