Leeds fans are not too happy with Luke Ayling’s latest comments, after the fan favourite defended manager Paul Heckingbottom.
It is no coincidence that Leeds got their first clean sheet last weekend on the day Luke Ayling returned to the side, but the 26 year-old may have hurt his relationship with the fans after his latest comments.
Paul Heckingbottom replaced Thomas Christiansen in February with the hopes to get Leeds’ playoff push back on track, but both the results and the performances got worse as time went on.
In terms of looking ahead to next season, fans are concerned by the performances under Heckingbottom, and on several occasions the players just haven’t looked motivated to fight for their club and their manager.
Ayling says this isn’t the case though, and that the 40 year-old Ex Barnsley man deserves another chance next season.
“Him and his staff have come in and done really well for us,” Ayling said.
“Training’s been good and there’s been stuff going on around the club that people don’t see. They’ve been really good and I hope he gets given a chance. I’m sure he will.”
Fans voted on Heckingbottom’s future last month, and the overwhelming majority certainly do not see eye to eye with Ayling.
Fans have been reacting to the comments on Twitter, and some of the best reactions can be found down below…
The players are hardly gonna come out and say get rid of him are they ? #lufc
— george dickson (@g_dickson09) May 9, 2018
if they’re all so massively behind him why do they look so disinterested on the pitch?
— James Carroll (@JimboC1974) May 9, 2018
Dropped if he doesn't back him,
Will he be gone when they come back from their sunshine holiday. SURE HOPE SO.
— David Kerr (@davidkerr2821) May 9, 2018
He'll be gone by Christmas, hopefully by then its not too late to salvage the season and avoid the drop
— Michael (@Distanttexan) May 9, 2018
Ask vierra , I work with his family member and the things I here from Leeds and the things I here from him are totally different.
— Tilster (@MartinTilster) May 9, 2018
The players aren’t going to say otherwise are they unless they want to be frozen out if he stays. I can’t understand why he’s still here though. Same resources as TC but he takes us massively backwards. Crazy team selections, no motivation or game plan. Out now or Div 1 certs.
— Iain Groundwell (@Hauxley1) May 9, 2018
They all loved Hockaday too
— Tom Mullen (@Tom_Mullen) May 9, 2018