Leeds United yesterday announced the appointment of Thomas Christiansen on a 12 month rolling contract.
Christiansen's appointment came as a surprise to most people having had no links to the role prior to being handed the reigns.
It's been stated that new owner Andrea Radrizzani was very impressed with the former professional footballers presentation which included; what strategy suits the team, what areas are weak within the squad and also pointing out where Garry Monk went wrong in certain games last season.
To many fans this was a shocking and very underwhelming appointment having seen the likes of Juande Ramos, Aitor Karanka and Claudio Ranieri linked with the role since Monks departure. However, this is a very good appointment at the right time for Leeds.
It might not sound great but all Leeds need right now is for someone to keep the ship in the right direction, not alter its course during the season at the slightest hitch. With Christiansen, we have an experienced footballer and a coach just starting off in his career, he will be energetic and will have fresh ideas of European football. To me, that's not a big problem.
The Spanish international who can also represent Denmark spent a very overwhelming season at Apoel Nicosia prior to leaving after twelve months in charge for a new opportunity, sound familiar?
Christiansen had excelled in his role at the Cypriot first division side and not only handed them the Cypriot title but also got them to the cup final and to the Europa League last 16 for the first time in their history, beating Bilbao along the way. That's no mean feat for any manager worth a look at and a hell of a lot more than most of the men who people were clambering for.
It's clear to me that the 44-year old head coach is good at working with small clubs on average league budgets, which is what Leeds will be working with this summer.
I think it's also worth noting that Christiansen has favoured a 4-5-1 or 4-3-3 strategies during his time as a head coach in Europe, both formations that Leeds have played or could easily fit into. He's a fan of pacy wingers and we do have two of them in Roofe and Sacko and also he has good links with Spanish football, which will work well with our current interim assistant Pep Clotet.
Last season Leeds were one of the teams with the highest clean sheets in the league, last season Christiansen lead Apoel Nicosia to 27 clean sheets during their regular season. A stat worth keeping in your mind.
Overall, we haven't set the world alight but in no way have we gone for another Dave Hockaday. Christiansen looks set to hit the ground running and already has an understand of how he wants to play.
Let's see how we feel come December, when the fellas actually had a chance.
By Ryan Ingham
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