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Leeds appoint former Apoel boss Christiansen

Thomas Christiansen won the title with Apoel last season, also taking the club to the Europa League last 16

Leeds United have appointed former Apoel boss Thomas Christiansen as their new manager, the English Championship club said on Thursday.

A former Spain international, Christiansen will replace Garry Monk, who left Elland Road after a season-long spell to join Middlesbrough last week.

Christiansen led Apoel to the Cypriot league title earlier this year and the last 16 of the Europa League for the first time in the club’s history.

The 44-year-old also spent a short time as assistant manager at Abu Dhabi-based club Al Jazira under Luis Milla in 2013, before taking over AEK Larnaca in 2014, where he led the team to two straight runners-up finishes.

“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,” Leeds managing director Angus Kinnear said in a statement.

“We are confident we have found a man with who can work with us to take the club to the next level.”

Leeds, who finished seventh in the second-tier Championship, are one of the fallen giants of the English game, having won the top-flight title on three occasions and finishing as runners-up in the 1975 European Cup.

The Yorkshire club have struggled on and off the pitch since losing their Premier League status in 2004.

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