Forshaw gives verdict on Heckingbottom following first Leeds United match in charge

All eyes were on Paul Heckingbottom on Sunday as he took charge of his first Championship game as Leeds United manager.

The Yorkshireman’s appointment last week was a rather controversial one as he signed up at Elland Road as Thomas Christiansen’s replacement just four days after extending his deal at Barnsley.

On Saturday, the new head coach tried to end the team’s six-game winless run in a derby against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, but it was not to be.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga managed to cancel out Billy Sharp’s second-minute goal after the half-time break, but the Blades’ star ended up grabbing the winner from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute.

The result has placed the Whites 11th in the Championship table, and they have some ground to cover as they currently reside eight points adrift of a playoff position.

Despite the disappointing outcome on Saturday, one particular player Adam Forshaw has praised Heckingbottom and feels confident having the new coach on board heading forward.

In an interview with the club’s official website, the midfielder said:

“The gaffer seems like a really nice guy, he really wants to coach you and improve you as a player and if you don’t want to take that on board, you shouldn’t really be playing the game. There is a chance for us all to learn and get better and hopefully we can begin to push up the table again.”