Paul Heckingbottom believes there is no guarantee that if Marcelo Bielsa had taken over at Leeds United when he did that he would have done any better. 

Bielsa, who was appointed to replace the sacked Heckingbottom in the summer, has taken the Championship by storm with his Leeds side this term.

The Whites are top of the Championship table and it appears only a disastrous meltdown could see them blow their chance to return to the top flight.

Heckingbottom was brought in to stop the rot in February, replacing Thomas Christensen, but Leeds had no new manager bounce and their season petered out, resuling in a 13th place finish.

Heckingbottom insists he had identified things which needed doing behind the scenes which have now largely been done by Bielsa.

And he does not feel Bielsa could necessarily have done better than he did last term, if he had been parachuted in.

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"It certainly needed all that groundwork behind the scenes to establish and create a driven environment within the club. It needed a big shake up definitely", Heckingbottom told Express Sport.

"The things I wanted done behind the scenes have sort of been done.

"There’s been no guarantee that I would have been able to carry on and done what Marcelo has done there.

"There’s no guarantees that when Bielsa had come in when I came in that he would have done any better than me."

Heckingbottom, who left Barnsley to take the Leeds job, is yet to return to management.