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Leeds boss sacked as club search for 'more experienced' head coach

Paul Heckingbottom has been sacked by Leeds.
Paul Heckingbottom has been sacked by Leeds.

Leeds United have sacked Paul Heckingbottom from his position as head coach, the club have announced.

Leeds finished the season in 13th place in the Championship. Northern Ireland winger Stuart Dallas, of course, is on the club's books while Crusaders winger Gavin Whyte has been tipped for a move to Elland Road.

Since Simon Grayson's four years spell in charge ended in February 2012, 11 different bosses have held the reigns at the club, including Neil Redfearn on a caretaker basis on a number of occasions.

Managing Director Angus Kinnear said: “On behalf of the Board of Directors at Leeds United I would like to thank Paul for the commitment and passion he has demonstrated since he joined the club earlier this year. Paul came to us during a difficult period in the season and has conducted himself in an exemplary manner despite results not going as any of us had hoped.

“Our objective is to bring in a Head Coach with more experience who can help us reach the goals we have talked about since we became custodians of the club last summer. We are confident of making a quick appointment and we thank our fans for their continued support.”

Assistant Manager Jamie Clapham, Head of Fitness Nathan Winder, Analyst Alex Bailey and Set Piece Coach Gianni Vio have also left the club.

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