Leeds United today confirmed Thomas Christiansen as their new manager. Christiansen is only the second manager from outside the UK and Ireland for Leeds. It’s definitely an interesting appointment, he has never played or coached in England, last season he was the manager of APOEL FC in Cyprus, winning the league and getting to the quarter final stages of the Europa League, beating Atletico Bilbao along the way. Obviously, Cyprus isn’t England and the level of league football is extremely different. Though you only have to look at Huddersfield and David Wagner to see that sometimes people you’ve never heard of can surprise you.
According to an article on Uefa.com, Christiansen wanted to carry on the methods he had learned under Johan Cruyff as a player at Barcelona. “I wanted to continue that at APOEL, but because of the players we had in the squad I had to find other systems, other solutions,” he explained. “Right now we’re playing a little bit different, but with the same mentality.” After conversations with a few fans, I discovered that he likes his teams to play possession football, though he will change if he deems it necessary, like when they beat Atletico Bilbao, playing excellent counter-attacking football.
I’ve seen a lot of fans on social media moaning about the appointment, saying we should have gotten someone more proven. Whilst I understand that viewpoint, we have tried that before and failed spectacularly. You’re not going to change the clubs decision, so you may as well get behind the new guy, he might just impress you. Leeds are also expected to confirm their pre season plans shortly.
What do you think, is this a good appointment, or an unnecessary risk? Let us know.