Sacked by Leeds United in 2018, Paul Heckingbottom is now on thin ice at Hibernian

Leeds United fans shield their eyes from the sun during the second half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Swansea City at Elland Road on August 31, 2019 in...

Paul Heckingbottom was sacked by Leeds United in 2018, as his current managerial spell at Scottish Premiership side, Hibernian has taken a turn for the worst.

Hibernian manager Paul Heckingbottom during the last 16 Betfred Cup match between Hibernian and Greenock Morton at Easter Road on 17 August, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Hibernian manager Paul Heckingbottom lasted less than four months in charge of his previous role at Leeds United, as he could be now facing the same fate at Easter Road. 

The 42-year-old was sacked by Leeds in June 2018 [BBC Sport], eight months later, he headed up north and landed a gig at Scottish Premiership side Hibernian [BBC Sport]

Initially, Heckingbottom started off well in his new role in Scotland, he won six out of his first nine games in charge, including beating local rivals Hearts. 

 

But since that early bounce, Hibs' form has hit a brick wall, as they are currently two points off the bottom, with three defeats in their opening five Scottish Premiership matches.

At times like these, when the pressure is on the manager, any win would do, and Heckingbottom has a game on Sunday which could well and truly make or break him.

Hibs will take on local rivals Hearts in the Edinburgh derby on Sunday afternoon, with former striker Steven Cowan claiming that he's 'not sure' whether even three points against their neighbours will ease the pressure on the Englishman, as quoted by The Daily Record. 

Leeds Manager Paul Heckingbottom looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on April 13, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Either way, Hibs, who would be hoping to push for European football this term, have a big decision on their hands regardless of what does or does not happen at the weekend.

When Heckingbottom was sacked by Leeds, on paper, it would have seemed harsh because he was gone after four months, and he didn't have a chance to bring in his own players.

But Heckingbottom simply couldn't get the engine running at Elland Road, and their decision to sack him and then replace him with Marcelo Bielsa has proven to be an absolute masterstroke. 

Hibs could be in a similar position on Sunday afternoon because they have to decide whether their current man on the sidelines can move them forward, or is the writing already on the wall? 

Hibs manager Paul Heckingbottom tries to attract his players' attention during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road on March 08, 2019 in Edinburgh,...

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