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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Christiansen: I'm here to bring Leeds back to top

Leeds' new head coach Thomas Christiansen
Leeds' new head coach Thomas Christiansen

Leeds' new head coach Thomas Christiansen is excited by the challenge of steering the club back into the Premier League.

Former APOEL Nicosia boss Christiansen, 44, who has signed a two-year contract with an option for a third, was unveiled at Elland Road yesterday.

Leeds announced Christiansen as their eighth manager since May 2014 last Thursday. Julio Banuelos has followed him from APOEL to be his assistant at Elland Road, with Ivan Torres installed as fitness coach and Marcos Abad as goalkeeping coach. "I'm very excited and believe we can do good things here," Christiansen said. "I believe in my possibilities. This is why I'm here and Leeds also believe in my abilities and we all want the same. Last year we finished seventh. At least the promotion should be there and of course we hope to do better."

Christiansen, successor to Garry Monk who quit the club last month and has since been installed as Middlesbrough's new manager, guided APOEL to the last 16 of the Europa League and their domestic league title in his only season in charge, but his 12-month contract was not renewed.

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