'We enjoy what we do but it’s a results business'

Paul Heckingbottom
Paul Heckingbottom

Paul Heckingbottom says speculation over his Sheffield United future is "a distraction" but maintains he has support from the club's hierarchy.

Reports the Blades boss was facing the sack after the 5-0 defeat by Arsenal were circulating but he feels such matters are part of the job when you're not winning.

"When you’re in this job, until anyone has done it sometimes results are the easier thing to take care of," he said.

"I can’t deny that results dictate how you feel a lot of time but football is the business you’re always in and what you enjoy doing. From that respect, I try and focus on that and make sure that part of the job is always at the forefront for me. Sometimes it’s not and there are a lot of distractions. This is a distraction but it’s not particularly different."

On if recent criticism has been unfair, Heckingbottom said: "No because we’re not winning. It comes with the territory.

"We continue to work. If you come in and see us, we continue to do the job as best we can and we will continue to push and push and push with the resources we’ve got and that wont change."

He said he doesn't need a statement from the club's owners showing their support: "Myself, Steve [Bettis], Prince Abdullah and the board speak all the time about lots of issues, the club going forward, where we need to improve, where we need investment. We speak all the time.

"It has to be [business as usual]. I’ve sat here lots of times and tried not to shirk any questions and I’m trying not to shirk this, but I’m probably the last person you need to be speaking to.

"What I can say is what I’m saying now. There’s nothing to add, nothing at all. We go about our work, we enjoy what we do but it’s a results business so there’s always going to be that when you’re not winning."