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Paul Heckingbottom lined up for job with Yorkshire neighbours following Leeds sacking

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Bradford City are considering a swoop for manager Paul Heckingbottom – just days after he was sacked by Leeds United, The Yorkshire Post reports.

Heckingbottom could be in line for the job at Bradford after Leeds decided to part ways with him last Friday.

The Whites made the decision to roll the dice and bring in a new manager after Heckingbottom guided his side to a 13th place finish after joining from Barnsley in January.

Although he did not have a transfer window to work with, many Leeds fans expressed discontent at his coaching methods and poor tactics, eventually costing him his job at Elland Road.

But Bradford could move for the 40-year-old, who used to be at the club as a player in three different spells.

Heckingbottom was named Bradford’s Player of the Year in the 2003/04 season and could return 14 years on as their manager.

The Bantams are searching for their third manager since the start of last year after sacking Stuart McCall and then being turned down by Simon Grayson after his short stint at Valley Parade towards the end of the season.

Other options for the Yorkshire outfit are Grant McCann, Mark Warburton and Uwe Rosler.

The Verdict

Heckingbottom will probably be aiming for another Championship job but his reputation has taken a hit after Barnsley were relegated and Leeds finished in the bottom half.

A move to Bradford could be wise as they have the makings of a promotion-winning squad; they just need a good leader to take them there.

It could appeal to Yorkshire-based Heckingbottom as he would not have to relocate and this is a chance for him to reignite his stalling career.

Bradford fans – Would you like Heckingbottom as your new manager? Leeds fans – What can Bradford expect from him? Let us know below…

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