There have been quick developments across Yorkshire over the 48 hours, with the managerial merry-go-round in the Sky Bet Championship in full swing.
Leeds United sacked Thomas Christiansen on Sunday evening following a crushing 4-1 defeat to Cardiff City, before identifying Paul Heckingbottom of Barnsley as the man they wanted to succeed the Dane at Elland Road.
The Whites have this morning announced the arrival of Heckingbottom at Elland Road, with the 40-year-old agreeing an 18-month contract with Leeds.
✍️ | Leeds United are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Heckingbottom as our new head coach
— Leeds United (@LUFC) February 6, 2018
Barnsley themselves have moved to make a statement on Heckingbottom’s departure, with the Tykes expressing their disappointment, particularly after Heckingbottom had agreed a new deal at Barnsley just last week.
The statement from Barnsley also confirms that a number of Heckingbottom’s backroom staff, including Jamie Clapham, have also left Oakwell today.
Club Statement: Paul Heckingbottom.
— BarnsleyFootballClub (@BarnsleyFC) February 6, 2018
As expected, Barnsley’s supporters have been quick to react to the news this morning.
Here is the best of that reaction…
— Tom yates (@Tomybfc1609) February 6, 2018
If one positive comes out of this, it must be that we never use the pathetic, narrow minded phrase "one of our own" ever again…
— Neil meynell (@neil_meynell) February 6, 2018
ANYONE BUT THEM
— Rhys Nuttall (@rwn1992) February 6, 2018
1 win in 16, that’s the reality. We move on ????
— JACK (@goring_jack) February 6, 2018
They’ve took a manager that’s won 1-16, and are lording it all over twitter. He’ll be gone in 6 months, it’s Leeds remember.
— Craig Robinson (@craigrob1r23) February 6, 2018
Haha! It’s like Sam Winnall all over again!
— RY (@ry_b86) February 6, 2018
— Nico (@HesHereLook) February 6, 2018
I hope we can move as fast as they have to get a replacement
— Dave lawton (@davetykelawton) February 6, 2018