Reveal highlights the height of Christiansen's fall at Leeds United

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The defeat leaves Leeds seven points off the top six and yet another manager sees the axe, this time, former Spain worldwide, Christiansen, lasted just eight months.

The Whites are now 10th in the Championship, seven points off the play-offs but last season's surprise play-off charge under Garry Monk was the first time in six years they had finished in the top half of the division.

The Mirror are reporting that former England, Newcastle United, and Derby County manager Steve McClaren is in the frame to takeover at Elland Road.

According to the Daily Mail, Simon Grayson is also in contention, who was in charge at Elland Road between 2008 and 2012.

Barnsley have struggled this season, however, and are just one place above the relegation zone at the bottom of the Championship.

Leeds United are looking to tie up an agreement to appoint Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom as their new head coach.

Despite the regular sale of key players, Heckingbottom took Barnsley to promotion via the League One play-off final in his first six months in the job and also claimed the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Leeds are expected to make a swift appointment in the coming days.

The Scot's Wikipedia page has already been updated to include a Leeds entry under his managerial history, indicating that a deal may have been struck before Christiansen was sacked.

Other interesting names in the mix included former Leeds legend Gordan Strachan (7/1), out fo work Portuguese boss Marco Silva (30/1) and former Man United centre-half and current Reading boss Japp Stam is 30/1.

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