Leeds United go left field with Thomas Christiansen

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 15 June 2017, 12:51

Leeds United have found a replacement for Garry Monk and it's fair to say the chosen manager, Thomas Christiansen, is one no one would have predicted when Monk left last month.

The Whites had been linked with Victor Sanchez, Alan Pardew, Quique Flores and most recently Fernando Hierro, but in the end the club has fooled us all by going left field with Christiansen, who didn't even feature in the betting until the very last second at 1/10!

So who on earth is he?

During a 25-year playing career Christiansen spent plenty of his time in Spain with the likes of Oviedo and Villarreal, while he was also on the books at Barcelona, but never played for the club, although he did make 60 appearances for the B team.

Christiansen went on to feature for the likes of Panionios, HB Koge, VfL Bochum, and Hannover 96, while he also played twice for Spain.

Then in 2006 the Danish-born coach became an assistant at UAE side Al Jazira, before bagging a job in his own right in April 2014 with Cypriot outfit AEK Larnaca, where he spent two seasons at the helm.

Then last summer the 44-year-old traded dugouts to APOEL, with whom he led to the title last term, as well as the last-16 of the Europa League.

But, he's now opted to make his debut in English football with Championship side Leeds, who were left managerless a few weeks ago following the surprise departure of Monk.

It's hoped that Christiansen can have a similar impact to that of Huddersfield's David Wagner who remarkably led the club up to the Premier League after just 18 months in charge.

Leeds can currently be backed at 16/1 to win the second-tier next term, and 11/2 to be promoted.

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