Leeds turn to former APOEL boss Thomas Christiansen

According to Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post, former APOEL FC boss Thomas Christiansen will be announced as the new manager at Elland Road within the next 48 hours.

Leeds finished seventh in the Championship last season, just missing out on the promotion play-offs.

Christiansen was approached by owner Andrea Radrizzani after he took APOEL to the last-16 of the Europa League last season.

Speakign after the announcement, the club's Managing Director Angus Kinnear said: "We are delighted to make this announcement today as it successfully concludes what has been a thorough and extensive search".

Christiansen departed APOEL on the same day that Garry Monk left Leeds.

"Thomas was someone who had been on our radar from the very early stages of the process and quickly established himself as the outstanding candidate".

Monk has now moved on to Middlesbrough, and Radrizzani - who took sole ownership of the club from Massimo Cellino last month - was faced with his first big call as he looked for a new manager.

Christiansen also turned out for German side Hannover.Spain twice in 1993 - enjoyed a lengthy career as a striker, starting out at Barcelona before moving to Villarreal, Racing Santander and Hannover.

Leeds have been searching for a new boss for the last three weeks. The Danish-born 44-year-old is now negotiating personal terms with the club.

His side topped their group ahead of Greek giants Olympiakos and then went on to topple Athletic BIlbao before they were knocked-out by Anderlecht.

Monk's assistant at Leeds, Pep Clotet, first-team coach James Beattie and goalkeeping coach Darryl Flahavan are all under contract until the end of June.

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