Paul Heckingbottom has insisted that Barnsley remain the winners out of his move to Leeds United, after the Tykes received a compensation package from the 40-year-old’s departure.
Leeds swooped to appoint Heckingbottom earlier this week, with reports suggesting that the Whites had to meet a £500k release clause in the contract he had agreed at Oakwell just last week.
Heckingbottom has played down the timing of his exit from Oakwell despite only recently agreeing fresh terms with the South Yorkshire outfit, with the new Elland Road boss stressing that Barnsley were the winners out of his departure – as reported by Phil Hay from the Yorkshire Evening Post.
PH: 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." #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) February 8, 2018
Heckingbottom has been previewing Leeds’ clash with Sheffield United this weekend, which will be the first time he takes charge of the Whites following his appointment on Tuesday.
The former Barnsley manager has inherited a squad in 10th, who are without a victory since Boxing Day, which has left Leeds a mammoth seven points adrift of the play-offs heading into the final 16 fixtures of the season.
Saturday’s clash is the start of a crucial run of fixtures for Leeds, which also sees the Whites go up against Bristol City and Derby County in the coming weeks.
Whether managerless Barnsley are the winners is up for debate, but Heckingbottom certainly shouldn’t feel guilty about moving to Elland Road.
Heckingbottom worked wonders at Oakwell, but now has the opportunity to build a side to push for promotion, whether that is this season or next season.
Barnsley and Leeds fans… Let us know your thoughts!
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