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Morning Leeds-in for 13 April: Heckingbottom “surprised” to hear talk of him getting the sack

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Paul Heckingbottom says everyone was surprised about speculation regarding his future at Leeds Untied.

Seriously?

This team has been awful for all of 2018, and it’s been discussed at length just how much the team has looked just as bad, if not worse, under Heckingbottom than it did under Thomas Christiansen. And while injuries and suspension have played a part, the only real long-term injuries to Leeds under Heckingbottom have been Conor Shaughnessy and Luke Ayling. And while the record without Ayling has been shocking, it would be slightly ludicrous to suggest that Ayling being out has been responsible for the drop in form.

So is it shocking that people are speculating about Heckingbottom’s future? Absolutely not. It would be shocking if there wasn’t.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

It’s silly season! Jack Marriott was linked with Leeds. Again. [Through It All Together]

Leeds reportedly has a deal with Jerry Mbakogu waiting to go in the summer transfer window. [Through It All Together]

I answered some questions from SBNation’s Aston Villa blog 7500 to Holte ahead of tonight’s match. [7500 to Holte]

England and English Football Links

Manchester United have delayed plans to expand Old Trafford. [BBC.com]

Arsenal survived CSKA Moscow to advance in the Europa League. [The Short Fuse]

World Football Links

Lazio laid an egg and lost to RB Salzburg to crash out of the Europa League. [Football-Italia.net]

Toronto FC and Chivas de Guadalajara are the Concacaf Champions League finalists. [FMF State of Mind]

Atlético Madrid lost 1-0 to Sporting CP, but won the Europa League tie 2-1 overall. [beIN Sports]

Marseille knocked RB Leipzig out of the Europa League. [beIN Sports]