Leeds United’s new head coach, Thomas Christiansen, is excited by the challenge of steering the club back into the Premier League.
The ex Apoel of Nicosia, the manager of Christiansen, 44-year-old, who has signed a two-year contract with an option for a third, it was officially presented at Elland Road on Monday lunchtime.
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Leeds announced Christiansen as its eighth director since May of 2014 last Thursday. July Banuelos has been followed since the Apoel to be his assistant at Elland Road, with Ivan Torres installed as a fitness coach and Mark Abbot as goalkeeping coach.
“I am very excited and I think that we can do good things here,” said Christiansen. “I believe in my possibilities. This is the reason why I am here and Leeds also believe in my abilities and we all want the same thing.
“Last year we finished seventh. At least the promotion should be there, and of course we hope to do better.”
Christiansen’s successor, Garry Monk, who left the club last month and has since been installed as Middlesbrough’s new manager, guided by Apoel the last 16 of the Europa League and their domestic league title in his only season in charge, but their 12-month contract was not renewed.
Apoel of Cyprus in the most successful of the club, were eliminated from the Champions League in the preliminary stages, and Christiansen broke the 25 of May, the same day a Monk handed in his shock resignation in Leeds.
Christiansen impressed the club’s owner Andrea Radrizzani and the director of football Victor Orta with a presentation during your interview last week in Madrid.
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“What’s most important is that you know where you are going, what you want to do in the new club and have a working idea, that was what I presented,” said Christiansen. “My ideas, as I saw the team, what I want to do, and that was in the presentation and it seems that she liked it.
“I’m in a big club with ambition, and also one of the things that inspired me to come here after having a chat with Victor and the president, it is a great club that deserves and has to be in the Premier League.
“I think that with good work we can achieve that. Since I was a child I followed the English league and know how they play and how they have advanced.”
Orta, appointed to his role at Elland Road last month, noted Christiansen query close and have the last word on the new players arriving at the club.
The new head coach will be given a “specific budget” for the summer signings, Orta said, while Christiansen confirmed that it had no plans at this stage to bring in new players of his former club and was happy with the team he had inherited.
“Being in England is something important,” Christiansen added. “It has always been a dream for me. I have always followed English football. It has been a great goal and now I have this great opportunity to go to Leeds.”