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Leeds United appoint Thomas Christiansen as their new manager

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Leeds United have appointed former Spain international Thomas Christiansen as their new manager.

He joins the club after spending one season with Cyprus side APOEL Nicosia, whom he guided to the Cypriot league title and the last 16 of the Europa League.

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Born in Denmark, Christiansen started his senior career with FC Barcelona but could never break into the first team. He then had a nomadic career path which included spells at Greece and Denmark before finally ending his career with Bundesliga side Hannover 96.

With an option to represent both Denmark and Spain, Christiansen decided to play for Spain and made two international appearances scoring one goal.

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His first managerial start was with AEK Larnaca whom he guided to two successive runners-up spot in the Cypriot league, their best run ever. He then joined APOEL before signing at Elland Road.

Speaking about the appointment, Leeds United’s Managing Director, Angus Kinnear said:

“We are delighted to make this announcement today as it successfully concludes what has been a thorough and extensive search, following a huge level of interest from all over the football world.”
“We are confident we have found a man who can work with us to take the club to the next level.”

Leeds’ managerial search had intensified over the weeks after Garry Monk resigned last month following Andrea Radrizzani’s take over at the club. A host of names were linked to the job with Aitor Karanka considered the favourite following the appointment of Victor Orta as the Director of Football, who he worked with at Middlesbrough.

Under Monk, Leeds finished 7th in the Championship last season, their best finish since 2011. However, a string of lacklustre performances towards the end of the season prevented them from a place in the play-offs.