Former Barcelona striker Thomas Christiansen’s Leeds United contract details have been announced, with the Dane on an initial 2-year contract with an option for a third year, according to BBC Leeds.

The Dane was appointed yesterday following a managerial merry-go-round which saw the likes of Leicester miracle-worker Claudio Ranieri, former Watford boss Quique Flores and Reading’s Jaap Stam.

New owner Andrea Radrizzani was keen to tie down Christiansen to a long term deal, following Garry Monk’s departure at the end of his 1-year contract.

Monk resigned following disagreements with Radrizzani over the proposed club vision, and was appointed manager of divisional rivals Middlesbrough just weeks later, with the former Swansea boss set to bring former Leeds defender Kyle Bartley over to the Riverside too.

Christiansen has relatively little in the way of managerial experience, starting out at AEK Larnaca, where he impressed following 40 wins in 68 games over a 2-year stay. His work at Larnaca earned him the job at Cypriot giants APOEL, where he won

His work at Larnaca earned him the job at Cypriot giants APOEL, where he won 31 of his 52 games on the way to delivering the Cypriot First Division title.

The Dane had a journeyman career in his playing days, turning out for 12 different clubs as well as the Spanish national team over a 15-year career, but Leeds fans will hope Christiansen can finally settle down and help Leeds return to the top flight.

His work is certainly cut out though, and keeping hold of Chris Wood will be a massive test for the former Barcelona and Villarrael striker.

 


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