Thomas Christiansen has secured his first managerial job since he was sacked as Leeds United’s manager, as he was appointed as Head Coach of Union Saint Gilloise in Belgium.
Christiansen has taken time out of football since departing Elland Road, and he evidently sees this as a project that he can take forward heading into next season.
The Danish boss had previously taken Leeds into the top six and challenging for promotion back in the 2017/2018 season, before a poor run of results saw them miss out on a top six finish, much to the disappointment of the Whites supporters.
He was sacked in February, and Paul Heckingbottom was appointed as his successor in a time of change at Leeds.
Congratulations gaffer. ???? https://t.co/OOdbxIMM4A
— Luke Ayling (@lukeayling_8) July 1, 2019
Ayling made 27 appearances for the Whites under Christiansen, and he has certainly kicked on since then, featuring regular for Leeds in recent seasons.
The full-back played his part in Leeds’ promotion bid in last year’s campaign, although they fell short in their efforts after being beaten by Derby in their play-off semi-final.
Ayling and his team-mates will be hoping to put that behind them as quickly as possible though, and will be targeting a long-awaited return to the Premier League with the Yorkshire-based club.
Leeds get their season underway in a potentially tricky game away to Bristol City, where they’ll be looking to get off to the best possible start with a win.
Christiansen has a point to prove that’s for sure.
He made some signings that have been hugely success in his time with Leeds, with the likes of Alioski and Jansson both being signed by the Dane.
It was probably a case of wrong place at the wrong time to sum his time up with the Whites, and he’ll be hoping to make a name for himself with his new club next season.