3 Heckingbottom Replacements as Exit Rumours Gather Pace

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After Paul Heckingbottom took over from Thomas Christiansen at the beginning of February, Leeds have looked a side lacking idea’s and any fight.

In recent weeks, a defeat to Fulham, a draw with rock-bottom Sunderland and another defeat to Preston has left Heckingbottom clinging onto the Leeds hot seat by the skin of his teeth amid rumours that his spell is set to end prematurely.

Victories over Brentford and Bolton have been the only maximums since the former Barnsley man took charge and although the problems at Leeds are not solely his responsibility, the fact that the Whites look like they have gone even further downhill since his appointment will no doubt sound the death knell sooner rather than later.

So, with the inevitability of dismissal on the horizon, who may we expect to lead the charge next season?

Mick McCarthy

The 59-year-old left his post at Ipswich Town this week after six years in charge at Portman Road making the Yorkshireman available immediately.

However, one of the criticisms of McCarthy was of his style of play with a certain section of fans having turned on the man who previously guided Wolves to the Premier League.

McCarthy will appeal however for the Leeds hierarchy after having operated with one of the smaller budgets in the Championship at Ipswich and having guided them close to the playoffs.

Slaven Bilic

Much like McCarthy, former West Ham man Slaven Bilic is available immediately after being dismissed from his Hammers role in November.

He would prove to be a popular choice among fans and arguably the highest profile of potential candidates having had a successful spell as head coach of Croatia and arguably achieving success in East London.

However, Bilic would likely take some persuading believing that a job in the Premier League could still be on the cards sooner rather than later.

Steve McClaren

Another former national coach, Steve McClaren has been spotted at Elland Road this year and has openly claimed to be a Leeds fan.

He was also a key contender in the bookmakers running to replace Christiansen prior to Heckingbottom being given the role.

However, McClaren would prove a controversial choice as a failed spell at Derby and Nottingham Forest in the Championship has proven he has failed to get to grips with the division.

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