Paul Heckingbottom’s future as Leeds United boss in doubt after just four months

Paul Heckingbottom’s future at Leeds is in doubt after fewer than four months at Elland Road.

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani is understood to be considering Heckingbottom’s position as manager because he is unsure if he is the right coach to lead them next season.

Talks between Heckingbottom and the Leeds board before the Yorkshireman went on holiday ended without a consensus on how to take the club forward.

Heckingbottom, 40, was brought in from Barnsley in February because his predecessor Thomas Christiansen could not sustain a promotion push.

Leeds continued to slide under Heckingbottom and he won just four of his 16 games as Leeds finished well off the play-off places in 13th.

Radrizzani is keen to dispel Leeds’ reputation for being trigger happy with coaches from Massimo Cellino’s controversial reign.

But the Italian is just as determined to see Leeds mount a promotion bid next season and would be prepared to appoint his third manager in 12 months if he felt it was in the club’s best interests.

Leeds have been linked with Claudio Ranieri while former Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is the latest foreign coach being touted since leaving Saudi side Al Rayyan.

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