Paul Heckingbottom

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Paul Heckingbottom
Personal information
Full name Paul Heckingbottom[1]
Date of birth (1977-07-17) 17 July 1977 (age 40)[1]
Place of birth Barnsley, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1993–1995 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1999 Sunderland 0 (0)
1997–1998Scarborough (loan) 29 (0)
1998–1999Hartlepool United (loan) 5 (1)
1999Darlington (loan) 10 (0)
1999–2002 Darlington 105 (5)
2002–2003 Norwich City 15 (0)
2003–2004 Bradford City 43 (0)
2004–2006 Sheffield Wednesday 42 (4)
2006–2008 Barnsley 49 (1)
2007–2008Bradford City (loan) 23 (0)
2008–2009 Bradford City 30 (0)
2009–2010 Mansfield Town 11 (1)
2010Gateshead (loan) 15 (0)
2010–2011 Gateshead 21 (0)
2011 Harrogate Town 20 (0)
Total 418 (12)
Teams managed
2015 Barnsley (caretaker)
2016 Barnsley (caretaker)
2016–2018 Barnsley
2018 Leeds United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:55, 3 March 2012 (UTC)

Paul Heckingbottom (born 17 July 1977 in Barnsley, South Yorkshire) is an English football coach and former player who was most recently the manager of Championship side Leeds United.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Heckingbottom was born in Barnsley and grew up in nearby Royston. As a child, he was a season ticket holder at the town's football club, along with his grandfather.[2] He started his football career at Manchester United as a trainee, but joined Sunderland in 1995 after failing to gain a professional contract. He had loan spells at Scarborough, Hartlepool United and Darlington, without featuring for Sunderland, before joining Darlington permanently in 1999. He made 126 appearances, scoring 6 goals, before catching the attention of First Division side Norwich City, who signed him in 2002 on a three-year contract.[3]

Heckingbottom made just 16 appearances for Norwich, including only 7 starts, resulting in him cancelling his contract with the club by mutual consent after one year.[4] He subsequently signed for Bradford City in July 2003, where he was named their Player of the Year at the end of his first season.[5] Bradford, however, were relegated to League One at the end of the 2003–04 season, and Heckingbottom left to join Sheffield Wednesday during the close-season.[6]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

Heckingbottom was well favoured under both Wednesday managers Chris Turner and Paul Sturrock, making a total of 41 appearances at left back in his first season – more than any other player that year. He also scored four goals, helping The Owls to promotion to the Championship via the League One play-off final at the end of the 2004–05 season. Due to an injury sustained in pre-season he was put out of contention for the first 16 games of the 2005–06 season. When he returned to fitness, new signing John Hills had begun to make the left back spot his own. An injury to Hills left Heckingbottom able to re-stake his claim on the team, but he only managed a 4-game streak before once again succumbing to injury, this time Peter Gilbert taking his place in the squad. Sturrock allowed Heckingbottom a chance to prove himself in an FA Cup Third Round game against Charlton Athletic. He scored both of Wednesday's goals in the 4–2 defeat at Hillsborough, though this was not enough to establish himself as the club's first choice left back.

Barnsley[edit]

On 13 January 2006, Heckingbottom was sent on loan, with a view to a permanent move, to his boyhood club Barnsley.[7] He played an important part in the club's promotion campaign and win over Swansea City in the League One play-off final, scoring in the 4–3 penalty shootout victory that secured their promotion to the Championship. Heckingbottom played in 31 games for Barnsley the next season, as they comfortably avoided relegation. He scored once during his spell at Barnsley, in a 1–0 win over Tranmere Rovers on 18 February 2006.[8]

Bradford City[edit]

In July 2007, Heckingbottom returned to Bradford City on loan until 1 January 2008.[9] He played in all 23 league games during his loan spell, missing only an FA Cup tie against Tranmere Rovers after he was suspended following a red card in a 1–1 draw with Stockport County.[5][10] A week after his loan deal expired, his contract at Barnsley was cancelled by mutual consent and he signed a permanent 18-month deal at Bradford.[11] He missed his first league game of the 2007–08 season with four games left, when an ankle injury prevented him for playing against Brentford on 12 April 2008. Heckingbottom's place was taken by Luke O'Brien, who made his Bradford debut, in a 2–2 draw.[12][13]

He played in the club's first nine league games of the 2008–09 season, but was sent off in a 1–1 draw with Luton Town for two bookable offences.[14] His place was again taken by youngster O'Brien, and although Heckingbottom returned for an FA Cup game against Milton Keynes Dons, he suffered a tendonitis injury, which kept him out for five months.[15][16]

Bradford opted against offering Heckingbottom a contract extension, and he left the club in May 2009.[17]

Mansfield Town[edit]

Heckingbottom signed for Conference National side Mansfield Town on 2 June 2009, marking his first foray into the game outside of The Football League.[18] He sustained a hamstring injury in pre-season and did not play until October, in a 1–0 win over Forest Green Rovers, 11 months from when he last played a game of football.[19][20] He became a regular in the Mansfield line-up.[15] He scored his first and only Mansfield goal against Crawley Town on 14 November 2009.[21] On 1 February 2010, Heckingbottom joined Gateshead on loan until the end of the season.[22] making his debut on 13 February away at Hayes & Yeading United.

Gateshead[edit]

Heckingbottom signed for Gateshead on a permanent basis on 26 May 2010.[23] He made 22 appearances in all competitions during the 2010–11 season before he was released on 4 May 2011.[24]

Coaching career[edit]

Leeds Beckett University[edit]

Heckingbottom took the opportunity to gain an academic understanding of football coaching, to set his CV apart from other managers competing for jobs.[25] He completed his BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching in 2013, followed by an MSc in Sport Coaching in 2016.[26]

Barnsley[edit]

After working as a coach with Barnsley's Development Squad, Heckingbottom took caretaker charge after Danny Wilson was sacked by the club in 2015. He was again made caretaker after the departure of Lee Johnson to Bristol City in 2016. During the latter spell, he guided Barnsley to the Football League Trophy final, beating Oxford United 3–2 at Wembley to be crowned winners and later to beating Millwall 3–1 in the League One play-off final in the same season. His success as caretaker after leading Barnsley to winning the club's first cup final since 1912 as well promotion to the Championship led to him being appointed permanent head coach.[27][28]

On 15 June 2016, it was announced that Heckingbottom had signed a 12-month rolling contract as Barnsley head coach.[29] The good form and results continued for the first half of the 2016-17 Championship season as the club ended 2016 in 9th position in the table. Heckingbottom was awarded Sports Hero of the Year by The Yorkshire Post.[30]

On 2 February 2018, Heckingbottom signed a new rolling contract extension at Barnsley.[31]

Leeds United[edit]

On 6 February 2018, Heckingbottom was announced as the new head coach of Leeds United on an 18 month contract.[32][33] His first match as Leeds Head Coach came on 10 February in a Yorkshire derby against Sheffield United, however Leeds lost the game 2-1.[34]

He earned his first point as Leeds Head Coach on 18 February in a 2-2 draw against Bristol City.[35] His first victory as Leeds Head Coach came in the a game on 24 February in Leeds' 1-0 win against Brentford.[36]

Leeds missed out on the playoffs at the end of the 2017-18 season under Heckingbottom, finishing thirteenth in the table. However, Heckingbottom blooded youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell as first choice goalkeeper and also gave debuts to academy players Tom Pearce, Paudie O'Connor, Hugo Díaz and Ryan Edmondson, as well as naming academy players Pascal Struijk and Callum Nicell in matchday squads.[37] Heckingbottom integrated further academy players with the first team in his final games as Head Coach in Leeds' post-season friendly tour of Myanmar.[38][39]

Heckingbottom was sacked by Leeds on 1 June 2018 after being at the club for just four months.[40] He was replaced by Marcelo Bielsa on 15 June.[41][42]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 30 April 2011
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sunderland 1996–97 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997–98 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scarborough (loan) 1997–98[43] 29 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 30 0
Sunderland 1998–99 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Darlington (loan) 1998–99[45] 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Darlington 1999–2000[46] 45 1 3 1 2 0 4 0 54 2
2000–01[47] 18 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 23 1
2001–02[48] 42 3 4 0 0 0 2 0 48 3
Darlington total 115 5 8 1 4 0 8 0 135 6
Norwich City 2002–03[49] 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
Bradford City 2003–04[50] 43 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 45 0
Sheffield Wednesday 2004–05[51] 38 4 0 0 1 0 3 0 42 4
2005–06[52] 4 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 5 2
Sheffield Wednesday total 42 4 1 2 1 0 3 0 47 6
Barnsley 2005–06[53] 18 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 21 1
2006–07[54] 31 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 32 0
2007–08[55] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barnsley total 49 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 53 1
Bradford City (loan) 2007–08[56] 23 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 26 0
Bradford City 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
2008–09[57] 9 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 12 0
Bradford City total 53 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 59 0
Mansfield Town 2009–10[58] 11 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 15 1
Gateshead (loan) 2009–10[59] 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Gateshead 2010–11[60] 21 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 22 0
Career totals 398 12 16 3 9 0 19 0 442 15
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League and Football Conference.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the FA Trophy, Football League Trophy, and play-offs.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 6 May 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Barnsley (caretaker)[61] 12 February 2015 25 February 2015 3 2 0 1 066.7
Barnsley (caretaker)[62] 6 February 2016 15 June 2016 22 14 5 3 063.6
Barnsley[63] 15 June 2016 6 February 2018 83 23 23 37 027.7
Leeds United 6 February 2018 1 June 2018 16 4 4 8 025.0
Total 124 43 32 49 034.7

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Sheffield Wednesday

Barnsley

Manager[edit]

Barnsley

References[edit]

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