Leeds appoint former APOEL coach Christiansen as new manager

Middlesbrough's Daniel Ayala celebrates their second goal

Middlesbrough's Daniel Ayala celebrates their second goal

Leeds United are set to appoint Thomas Christiansen as their new manager, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

A former Spain global, Christiansen will replace Garry Monk, who left Elland Road after a season-long spell to join Middlesbrough last week.

Leeds are now speeding towards an appointment and are looking to have Christiansen through the door as quickly as possible, with the Whites having already lost valuable preparation time for next season.

The 44-year-old was not among the names being touted as potential successors to Garry Monk, so the news has come somewhat as a surprise.

"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 Leeds United Managing Director Angus Kinnear.

Italian businessman Andrea Radrizzani recently took full ownership of the club, replacing his unpopular compatriot Massimo Cellino.

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"We are confident we have found a man with who can work with us to take the club to the next level".

APOEL released him in the wake of losing to Apollon Limassol in the national cup final.

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.

The former striker started his career as a player with Catalan giants Barcelona before turning out for Villarreal, VFL Bochum and Hannover 96 among others.

Orta had previously worked as head of recruitment at Middlesbrough, while Radrizzani has also added former Real Madrid strategist Ivan Bravo to the club's board.

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