Pressure Mounts on Paul as Silva’s Odds are Slashed

By Will Hopper and Max Hunter

Leeds United’s managerial merry-go-round looks set to continue as odds were slashed today for a new man to take charge at the West Yorkshire club.

Having won only three of his fifteen games in charge of Leeds, Paul Heckingbottom looks likely to be given the boot sooner rather than later.

The fans we spoke to outside the ground agreed that Heckingbottom shouldn’t be in the dugout when the new season starts. Even a recent victory against his former club Barnsley isn’t enough to change fans opinion.

One supporter said: “He shouldn’t have got the job in the first place. He overachieved at Barnsley last season. His reputation shouldn’t have been enough to earn him a job promotion to a club like Leeds.”

Heckingbottom only joined Leeds in February after the sacking of Thomas Christiansen. However, the Yorkshireman has failed to turn around Leeds’ fortunes. The Spaniard was relieved of his duties with the club in a below par 10th position. Under Heckingbottom, Leeds have averaged less than a point per game and slipped to 14th in the Championship.

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Odds have been halved today on former Hull City and Watford manager Marco Silva becoming the new man in charge at Elland Road. Today on Paddy Power, Silva stands at 15/2 pushing him further up the fans wish list. Other candidates include former Leeds title winning captain Gordon Strachan who is currently at 25/1.

However, the favourite is still Mick McCarthy at 5/6, but he is also favourite to return to Sunderland. Steve McClaren and Nigel Pearson are also both in the running at 7/1.

Another fan said: “Silva would be great but in our wildest dreams. Pearson is more realistic and is a proven Championship manager. He’s a real man motivator and would have the players scared of him. Christiansen lost the squad and never got them back.”

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