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“Upset. I’m upset. Yeah, not nice: Paul Heckingbottom

Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom admitted that he was 'gutted' to see his former side Barnsley get relegated from the Championship on Sunday.

A dramatic final day of action at the bottom end of the second tier resulted in the Tykes and Burton Albion joining already relegated Sunderland in League One next season, after two goals in the final three minutes from Bolton against Nottingham Forest kept the Trotters up.

After leading Leeds past QPR 2-0 at Elland Road to secure 13th place in the final table and claim only his fourth win in the job, Heckingbottom was asked how he felt about seeing his former side drop out of the Championship.

"Yeah, gutted," he said. "Upset. I'm upset. Yeah, not nice. I thought they've got themselves in a great position with their win last week and just strange how it pans out that all the teams at the bottom are playing the teams fighting for something at the top. Barring the team who stayed up, Bolton.

Heckingbottom quit Barnsley for Leeds in February (Image: Getty Images)

"That's why this stage of the season can be heartbreaking but also I'd much rather be in a game where you're playing for something than ours today.

"Pleased as I am with the boys today, we all play to be winners, we all play for the excitement. So I hope that's us chasing something good next season."

Heckingbottom joined Leeds in February after the club dismissed Thomas Christiansen, paying their Yorkshire rivals £500,000 to release Heckingbottom from his contract.


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