Leeds United go left field with Thomas Christiansen

HAVE revealed that Thomas Christiansen has been handed the role of head coach.

The Yorkshire club, who missed out on securing a place in the Championship play-offs last campaign, are on the lookout for a successor to Garry Monk, who resigned last month.

Christiansen led Apoel to the Cypriot First Division title and the Europa League last 16 in 2016-17 in his sole season in charge before leaving in May.

Christiansen will give his first press conference as Leeds boss on Monday.

The Danish-born former Spain global left APOEL on 25 May, the same day that Monk resigned from his position at Elland Road.

"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", said club managing director Angus Kinnear.

Kinnear went on to say that the board wished to appoint a manager who can "create a winning culture at the club", with the ultimate aim being to guide the club back to the Premier League which is "where we all feel we belong".

Christiansen was not featured on the long list of candidates linked with the Elland Road job, with the likes of Jaap Stam, Aitor Karanka, Fernando Hierro, Alan Pardew and Victor Sanchez featuring among the bookmakers' favourites.

The newly-appointed Leeds boss later enjoyed spells in Denmark and Germany, where he was crowned the Bundesliga's top scorer in 2003 after firing 21 league goals for Bochum.

The Denmark-born former Spain worldwide played for Barcelona and Villarreal during his professional career.

He began his coaching career at Al Jazira FC and became head coach at AEK Larnaca in 2014.

  • Stacy Allen