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HECKINGBOTTOM: Leeds United face Sheffield United and former manager

 

Paul Heckingbottom returns to Elland Road with Sheffield United on Saturday as they face Leeds United in the Premier League.

Heckingbottom took charge of Sheffield United last month when they sacked Chris Wilder as manager.

He was the under-23s manager at the time and is seen as a stop-gap until the Blades find a new manager.

Leeds fans will remember Heckingbottom from his four months in charge where the Whites won just four games.

He joined from Barnsley but was dismissed after a poor run and replaced by Marcelo Bielsa.

The former Leeds boss holds no regrets or hard feelings towards his former club though.

 

Right club, wrong time - Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom on his time at Leeds United

 

"People are going to talk about it, it’s always nice to be up against a former team," Sheffield United boss Heckingbottom said ahead of facing Leeds United.

"Sometimes it brings an edge and sometimes you want to see people but from our point of view, it’s not worth more points so our approach will be the same.

"We know they’re good opponents but we’re looking to build on the Chelsea performance and make that the minimum, if you like, for the rest of the season.

"It was a difficult time leaving Barnsley but it had to be done on principle and I don’t regret it.

"It gave me another experience to work with a really good group of players and another ownership, and it gives you an opportunity to learn and get better.

"I don’t regret it at all, I’ve enjoyed every role I’ve had in football. It is always nice to be up against a former team, for lots of reasons. Right club, wrong time for myself. That is how you have to look at it."

Regardless of his words, he'd love to get one over on the club who dismissed him and give himself a chance at the role full time.

 

Chance to ease fans minds and sort survival out

 

Leeds will see this game as an opportunity to rubber-stamp their survival in the Premier League.

Bielsa's side have 39 points before kick-off and sit 11th, which should easily be enough to stay in the division.

However, Leeds fans take nothing for granted and won't be happy until it's confirmed.

They face a tough run of fixtures after this one so they'd like three points to ease their minds.


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