LEEDS have named Paul Heckingbottom as their new head coach.

The 40-year-old former Scarborough, Sheffield Wednesday, Bradford and Harrogate Town defender leaves Barnsley to move to Elland Road and has signed a contract that runs until the end of next season.

He succeeds Thomas Christiansen, who was sacked on Sunday after a dismal run of form which has seen Leeds not win a match since Boxing Day.

They have fallen to tenth in the Championship, with Heckingbottom leaving a side who sit 21st in the same division.

"Leeds United are delighted to confirm the appointment of Paul Heckingbottom as new head coach of the club," the club announced.