Paul Heckingbottom still believes that Leeds can make the top six.
“It’s a target, definitely, but the aim is to be a real force in this league.” New Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom not willing to let a top-six go:https://t.co/QOdiqIlA9R pic.twitter.com/pvmPrTHuzr— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) February 8, 2018
Heckingbottom took over at Barnsley FC when the club was in 14th place in the table, and not only did that team win the FA Trophy, it also beat Millwall at Wembley to gain promotion from League One to the Championship. As he said today at his press conference, “Two years ago, when I sat in this chair at Barnsley, we were 14th and we went up. I know it can be done.”
He said rather than focus on the long-term goals of the play-offs or promotion, his focus would be on the next game, saying, “we want pressure on every game, to win every game. The aim is to be a real force in this league.”
Heckingbottom also said that while players are missing through injury and suspension, that just meant that the other players have an opportunity to come in and play. Heckingbottom is credited with developing young players and not being afraid to play young players at the club, which means that if the more senior players at the club aren’t cutting it, he won’t be afraid to drop them and pull in some youngsters. Should be an interesting line-up and match on Saturday.
On to the links.
Leeds United Links
Andrea Radrizzani thinks that the players at the club need to step up. [Through It All Together]
Radrizzani insists that the club will come up with a crest that everyone will like. Okay, then. [Yorkshire Evening Post]
Radrizzani also talked about the relationship with the Aspire Academy and the youth development at the club. [Yorkshire Evening Post]
England and English Football Links
World Football Links
Speaking of Club América, how has the hiring of Miguel Herrera at manager worked out so far? [FMF State of Mind]
The USSF president elections are taking place this weekend in Orlando, and nothing is confused and debated more than the subject of MLS and its relationship with Soccer United Marketing. Here is an explanation of that relationship. [SBNation]