Former Sheffield Wednesday man Carlton Palmer has said Leeds United should be looking at Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom.
The Whites are on the hunt for a new manager after sacking Jesse Marsch. At the moment, it appears West Brom’s Carlos Corberan is the frontrunner to take the job at Elland Road.
However, Heckingbottom has also done a standout job with the Blades. And despite being sacked by Leeds in the past, former Owls midfielders Palmer believes Leeds should be considering Heckingbottom.
“I’ll throw a name at you and I live in Sheffield and I know they won’t be too happy. But the job Heckingbottom has done at Sheffield United with Stuart McCall. He’s one I’d be looking at, I’m telling you now. He’s done a fantastic job” Palmer said on TalkSPORT.
“He’s done absolutely remarkable at Sheffield United. And there all but going to get promoted to the Premier League and I don’t think it would be massive compensation if he was to go.”
Heckingbottom has led United into the top two this season, ten points clear of third. Last term, he took over a sinking ship from Slavisa Jokanovic and led United to the playoffs.
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Palmer seemed quite serious in his delivery here but was there an element of him being on the wind up? He didn’t make reference to Heckingbottom being at Leeds before either.
Without shutting Palmer down completely, this simply won’t happen. Leeds won’t go back to a manager who failed before. Likewise, Heckingbottom is not going to jump ship with United so well placed to go up.
Leeds do need to get their next appointment right. But that appointment won’t be Paul Heckingbottom, despite the job he’s doing at Bramall Lane.