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Former Leeds United figure lands manager role in Europe

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Former Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen has secured his first management job since leaving Elland Road just under 18 months ago. 

The Dane announced on Twitter that he will be taking over as manager of Belgian second-tier side Union Saint Gilloise, prompting a warm response from some Leeds fans.

Writing alongside a photograph of himself at the club, Christiansen said: “I am delighted to become the Head Coach of @UnionStGilloise. Thanks to the club for giving me this opportunity. Let’s get started.”

He took over at Elland Road in the summer of 2017 and got off to a flying start, keeping the Whites in the hunt for automatic promotion until December.

But a dramatic drop in form saw them fall out of the top-six entirely and led to him getting sacked in favour of Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom, leaving with an average of just over 1.5 points per game.

Christiansen’s time at Elland Road did, however, see him bring in some of the club’s most popular current figures including Pontus Jansson, Gjanni Alioski and Tyler Roberts.

His only other managerial experience has come in Cyprus where he took charge of both Apoel Nicosia and AEK Larnaka.

The verdict

It is great to see Christiansen back in management after a short but turbulent time with Leeds.

I personally feel he was very harshly treated and that he deserved more of a chance to build on his early season success in the following summer at Elland Road.

But, ultimately, it all worked out well for Leeds who brought in Marcelo Bielsa after Heckingbottom’s departure and we can all see how well that is going for them at the moment.


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