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Leeds United boss blasted for ‘very, very strange’ decision

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Dennis Wise has questioned the decision of new Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom, who decided to leave Barnsley for his new side following the sacking of Thomas Christiansen.

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 The Championship strugglers were said to be ‘shocked’ following the decision, and while Wise noted the size of Leeds would be a difficult thing to turn down, he made it clear that the circumstances following Heckingbottom’s appointment were ‘strange’, and questioned his motives.

 ”I can understand the attraction, Leeds United Football Club is a wonderful football club, a big club that needs to go places, I just can’t understand what he’s done.

“In the way that he’s done it to sign on the Friday and disappear and three or four days later, I find that very, very strange in those circumstances.

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“I think to myself did he know beforehand?

“Sometimes clubs come along and they look at managers knowing that they are maybe getting rid of the other one and it happens in the world of football.

Wise made it clear that he only wished Heckingbottom and the club well, and that they are such a big club – and like other clubs in England who have a huge fan base, they have struggled at times, and now it’s the moment for them to get back to winning ways and try and move up the leagues.

Quite if that will happen given their chopping and changing of managers when results don’t go right or the board tire of the individual remains to be seen, and 18 months isn’t a huge amount of time to turn things round – and Wise made that point.

“I wish him well at Leeds, it’s a wonderful club – it really is – it’s a big club.

“He’s going to have a short period of time, he’s only signed 18 months – I’m sure his contract at Barnsley was a lot longer.

“They’ve been stuck in this rut for a long, long time and he’s got to do it.”

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