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Heckingbottom 'can't wait to get started' at Leeds United

6th February 2018

New Leeds United Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom has stated that he 'can't wait to get started' at the club.

The 40-year-old makes the switch to West Yorkshire from Championship rivals Barnsley on a deal until Summer of 2019.

The now former boss of the Tykes had agreed a new improved rolling contract with the Oakwell club under a week ago.

Despite the new deal, he becomes the new boss of the Whites just days after Thomas Christiansen parted company with the West Yorkshire outfit.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Heckingbottom said "I can't wait to get started, can't wait. It's a big opportunity, a big football club and something you work hard for so I'm planning to make the most of it."

On why he took the job, Heckingbottom added "the size of the club. When I spoke to Victor (Orta) and the owners it really aligned in what I was thinking and how I'd like to work and I'm presuming that's the reason why they thought I was the right man for the job.

"So hopefully that will be good for us going forward."

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With 16 games left in this campaign, the aim set out at the beginning of the season by owner Andrea Radrizzani for a finish in the top six may still be the target.

Up next for the Whites it’s a game away at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United with suspensions and injuries plaguing the squad.

Leeds picked up a fourth red card within five games when Gaetano Berardi got sent off in Saturday's defeat to Cardiff City and Pontus Jansson being forced off due to an ankle injury.

Following the Yorkshire derby, the Whites host Bristol City at Elland Road before travelling to face Derby County.

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