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Heckingbottom leaves Barnsley to join Leeds Utd as head coach

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Leeds United have appointed Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom as their new head coach following

Heckin­gbottom led Barnsley to 14th in the Championship last season but has now agreed a deal until the end of 2018-19 with Leeds.

BBC Radio Leeds reports Leeds paid £500,000 to activate a release clause in Heckin­gbottom's Barnsley contract, which he only signed on Friday.

Leeds are seven points below the play-offs in 10th, while Barnsley are 21st.

Heckingbottom guided the Barnsley to promotion via the League One play-offs and won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in 2015-16, but leaves them just one point above the relegation zone.

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