Heckingbottom needs to prove he deserves this club, says Leeds owner Radrizzani

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.

The former Barnsley boss moved to Leeds United at the start of February.

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani looks on before the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Andrea Radrizzani has told Talksport that he is pleased with his choice to appoint Paul Heckingbottom as Leeds United manager, and is "convinced he can be a good coach for the club".

Heckingbottom arrived from Barnsley at the start of February, but has only won one of his seven games in charge so far - losing three.

Despite his confidence, however, Leeds owner Radrizzani has admitted the 40-year-old "needs to prove that he deserves this club" and hopes "he will get better results in the next games".

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.

The Italian businessman - who earlier attacked the Whites' players over a lack of commitment, passion and spirit - told the Jim White show: "I'm pleased with this choice [to appoint Heckingbottom], particularly with his leadership and communication skills and motivation.

"Obviously, like everybody he needs to prove that he deserves this club - including myself. As I just said before about the players, he’s in the same boat - he needs to prove himself.

"But I'm convinced he can be a good coach for the club, even though he’s young and might lack a bit of experience he can close this gap with the motivation and leadership that he has already shown in the training sessions.

"Hopefully he will get better results in the next games."

Heckingbottom is the third manager of Radrizzani's Leeds reign, which began with a 50 per cent stake in January 2017.

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen leaves the field during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Leeds United at Portman Road on January 13, 2018 in Ipswich,...

Shortly after seizing full control of the Elland Road outfit four months later, the 43-year-old oversaw Garry Monk's resignation and hired Thomas Christiansen as the Englishman's successor, before sacking him six weeks ago.

Radrizzani's predecessor, Massimo Cellino, went through seven Whites managers in three years at the helm.

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