Leeds United have confirmed Thomas Christiansen as their new head coach, according to Sky Sports. 

The 44-year-old former Apoel Nicosia boss was not a name in the frame with any bookies or media outlets, and comes in as a left-field choice for fans at Elland Road.

Christiansen had an established career with spells at Oviedo, Villarreal, VfL Bochum and Hannover 96. He also earned two caps for Spain before turning to management in 2013. Christiansen was born in Denmark to a Spanish mother and spent almost his whole career playing in Spain.

He took on a role as assistant at Abu Duabi club Al Jazira before becoming the head coach at Cypriot side AEK Larnaca FC. He made the switch to Apoel last season, and will now made the move to Leeds United to begin a career in English football.

While Christiensen only spent one season at Apoel, he led them to the Cypriot title, their 5th in a row, and their 26th in total.

Speculation has been rife in recent weeks as to who would take over from Garry Monk, with several names in the frame including Alan Pardew, current assistant Pep Clotet, Victor Sanchez, and current Reading boss Jap Staam.

But United fans will be revealed the saga is now over, and a new era at the club can begin following Andrea Radrizzani’s takeover from Massimo Cellino earlier this month.

The appointment of Christiansen will be the club 12th manager in 5 years though, and supporters will be hoping he can bring some stability to the club, and mount another promotion push in 2017/18.


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