Leeds United fans discuss the start of Paul Heckingbottom's tenure on Twitter

Leeds fans celebrate their team's victory during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on November 29, 2014 in Leeds, England.

Paul Heckingbottom has won just once since replacing Thomas Christiansen at Championship giants Leeds United and the Elland Road crowd aren't impressed.

Paul Heckingbottom Leeds manager gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

There is one common word that crops up when Leeds United fans discuss the impact made by Paul Heckingbottom since he replaced Thomas Christiansen at Elland Road in February; ‘backwards’.

The 40-year-old may have been in charge for just eight games but it appears that the tide is already turning against him from some sections of the support. A 1-0 win against Brentford stands as Heckingbottom’s only victory so far while a dreadful performance in the 3-0 home defeat against Wolves a week ago was worrying to say the least.

It takes time, of course, for a new manager to put his stamp on the squad and instil his own philosophy, but after a month at the helm, Leeds fans are still none the wiser about what style Heckingbottom is trying to play.

Paul Heckingbottom Leeds manager gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

At least under Christiansen the philosophy and style was clear and defined, even if the results did not always follow.

As it stands, Heckingbottom’s win ratio stands at 16 per cent, only Darko Milanic has worse since the turn of the century, and it should be pointed out that even Dave Hockaday, the first managerial appointment under Massimo Cellino, won twice as many matches in two fewer games before getting the axe.

David Hockaday manager of Leeds United during the Capital One Cup second round match between Bradford City and Leeds United at Coral Windows Stadium, Valley Parade on August 27, 2014 in...

Current owner Andrea Radrizzani does not seem to be quite as trigger happy as his madcap predecessor but, in the eyes of some Leeds fans, Heckingbottom should already be watching his back.

 

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