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Morning Leeds-in for 6 February: The Heck you say? Leeds has a new manager?

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Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom rumoured to be the new “head coach” at Leeds United

2017 EFL Championship Barnsley v Cardiff Nov 21st Photo by Mark Cosgrove/Action Plus via Getty Images

So it appears that Paul Heckingbottom is the new manager at Leeds United.

While this was a surprise appointment, it’s interesting that the club chose an English manager from a club, Barnsley FC, that has not had success in the Championship this season. Heckingbottom did have Barnsley within a sniff of the playoffs last season before his best players were sold out from underneath him, and he’s rumoured to be highly regarded in football circles, for whatever that’s worth.

In the meantime, let’s hope this doesn’t get all screwed up before he’s announced in the morning.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

Did Thomas Christiansen take the fall for Victor Orta? Or did TC lose the plot? [Through It All Together]

Steve McClaren would be a terrible hire. Thankfully, he’s not in the running. [Through It All Together]

Ah, what could have been. Former Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund youth manager Hannes Wolf was a early favourite to be named boss at Leeds, but it sounds like it was just a rumour. [Through It All Together]

England and English Football Links

The Premier League is considering a winter break as part of a new TV deal. [BBC.com]

Chelsea lost 4-1 at Watford FC after Tiemoue Bakayoko was sent off less than 30 minutes into the match. [Sky Sports]

World Football Links

Hertha Berlin fans can win a chance to get a tattoo of their season ticket on their arm. [Bundesliga.com]

Gennaro Gattuso rued the missed chance to put Udinese away over the weekend, as AC Milan drew 1-1 after going down a man. [AC Milan Offside]

A not-so-serious look at the Western Conference in the upcoming MLS season. [Dirty South Soccer]

Pumas UNAM continued their hot start to the Clausura season by beating reigning champions Tigres 2- at home on Sunday. [FMF State of Mind]