Bielsa 4-9 to land vacant Elland Road hotseat

PAUL HECKINGBOTTOM has been sacked from his role as Leeds manager after just four months in charge.

The 40-year-old switched Barnsley for Yorkshire rivals Leeds at the start of February but failed to create an impression at Elland Road, winning only four of his 16 games in charge.

Leeds, who finished 13th in the Sky Bet Championship, will start the season with a new face at the helm for a fifth successive year and it is reported the club are looking to recruit a more experienced manager.

Former Lille boss Marcelo Bielsa is 4-9 favourite with Sky Bet to take over the reins at Elland Road, with Leicester's Premier League-winning manager Claudio Ranieri the chief danger at 3-1.

Paul Tisdale, who had been the longest-serving gaffer in English football's top four divisions following Arsene Wenger's exit at Arsenal, has left Exeter City after 12 years in charge.

Tisdale has guided the Grecians to consecutive League Two play-off finals and his achievements have seen him heavily linked with the vacant job at MK Dons.

Sky Bet make him a 1-14 chance to land the gig at Dons, who are 7-1 with the same firm for League Two glory.

Football League new boys Macclesfield are without a manager after John Askey left for Shrewsbury Town.

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Stuttgart v F Dusseldorf

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  • A 3-0 defeat to Bayern is Stuttgart’s only loss in their last nine at home in the league
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Stuttgart, who finished last season with four straight wins, have struggled to get going with even World Cup-winning defender Benjamin Pavard unable to shore up a leaky rearguard. However, they can chalk up a first win of the season against Fortuna Dusseldorf, who also cannot keep a clean sheet.



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