Leeds United have already given the biggest clue over Paul Heckingbottom's future

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Millwall and Barnsley at The Den on January 6, 2018 in London, England.

Speculation is rife over Paul Heckingbottom's future.

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.

Rumours are continuing to mount over the future of Paul Heckingbottom at Leeds United.

And the club is giving the biggest possible clue that the former Barnsley boss' time could be coming to an end... by saying absolutely nothing.

Just this week, The Mirror, The Star, and the Yorkshire Post have all published articles stating that Heckingbottom's future is in doubt.

Paul Heckingbottom, Manager of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on April 3, 2018 in London, England.

Paddy Power have even opened a market on Leeds' next manager.

Names from Steve Bruce to Filipe Inzaghi to Claudio Ranieri, to even relatively unknown candidate Ruben de la Barrera have all been suggested as possible replacements for Heckingbottom in the past week.

Some are red herrings, and if Leeds replace their manager, they may choose another surprise option. But the fact it is even being discussed says everything.

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.

As the saying goes, 'there is no smoke without fire', although if Heckingbottom keeps his job then this will be the exception to the rule.

If Leeds have confidence in Heckingbottom, then it is easy for the club to put an end to the speculation and back him.

This can be done either with a statement, or with an anonymous source telling a newspaper that his job is safe.

Neither have been done.

The inaction of Leeds suggests they are happy to let this play out and a new manager could soon be arriving.

Yet with the transfer window open, it is in nobody's interests to drag the situation out.

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