Oh god, first Paul Heckingbottom claims that the players didn’t celebrate with “class” and now this?
Bit of needle on the touchline today. Heckingbottom critical of Leeds’ bench on Sky. Said they needed to “show more class when they score a goal.”— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) November 25, 2017
Is #BarnsleyFC boss Paul #Heckingbottom right to claim that #Leeds targeted youngster Harvey Barnes on Saturday?— YEP Sport (@YEPSportsdesk) November 27, 2017
Read his comments HERE: https://t.co/qIdeQ0re3Q #lufc #MOT #Twitterwhites pic.twitter.com/qU980LLv2m
So Harvey Barnes, who is on loan at Barnsley FC from Leicester City, was “targeted” by Leeds players? Is that why Barnes rugby tackled Luke Ayling while on a yellow and didn’t get sent off like he should have? Whatever. Heckingbottom might be a decent manager, but he sounds like a really poor loser here.
If Barnes can’t control his emotions, he’s going to get wound-up by his opponents, and if the kid starts rugby tackling players because he gets beat, he needs to find a different profession.
Barnes is a special talent, as he was a stand-out player for the England U19s at the Toulon Tournament that Leeds starlet Ronaldo Vieira played at. But Heckingbottom is doing him no favours by whining about how he’s been “mistreated.” This isn’t as bad as Michael Brown whining about a “spit” by Saiz, but it’s part of the same school of management distraction. Rather than simply acknowledge that his team was outplayed, Heckingbottom is searching for something else to complain about rather than the actual performance of his team, to steer the narrative away from why his team got beat to why some imagined slight makes Leeds the “bad guys.”
In other words, Heckingbottom is a sore loser.
On to the links.
Leeds United Links
Leeds U18s lost in the FA Youth Cup to Burnley. [Leeds United.com]
The Leeds U23s lost to Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 as the Whites gave up a late penalty. [Leeds United.com]
The club plan a revamp around the Billy Bremner statue. [Yorkshire Evening Post]
England and English football Links
Queens Park Rangers scored twice in stoppage time to draw with West London rivals Brentford. [BBC.com]
Roker Report has a, well, report, about the first ever match for Sunderland which took place 137 years ago yesterday. [Roker Report]
Everton’s manager search is an absolute mess, and they have only themselves to blame for it. [Royal Blue Mersey]
World Football Links
AC Milan sacked Vincenzo Montella and hired club legend Gennaro Gattuso as their new manager. [The AC Milan Offside]
Xolos endured a disappointing Apertura, and need to sort out a few issues before they can compete for the Liguilla in the Liga MX Clausura. [FMF State of Mind]
Former New Zealand manager Anthony Hudson looks to be hired as the new manager of the Colorado Rapids in MLS. [Burgundy Wave]