Leeds United begin search for new boss after Christiansen sacking

Faith Castro
February 6, 2018

And the latest man to be given a P45 from the Leeds hierarchy is Thomas Christiansen.

The Yorkshire club are 10th in the Championship having failed to win since Boxing Day and lost 4-1 at home to Cardiff on Saturday.

He was appointed Leeds boss in 2008, but was dismissed by then-owner Ken Bates in 2012 with the club just three points off the play-off places.

And a whole host of managers have been linked with the hot seat, including former boss Simon Grayson and ex-England coach Steve McClaren.

"Leeds United can confirm that head coach Thomas Christiansen has left the club", a statement read on the club's official website.

It would be a remarkable move for Heckingbottom, who only signed a new contract with Barnsley last week.

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Watford are the only team to rival Leeds in that timeframe, with Javi Gracia recently becoming their ninth manager in five years when he succeeded Marco Silva.

Despite the regular sale of key players, Heckingbottom took Barnsley to promotion via the League One play-off final in his first six months in the job and also claimed the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Now Christiansen departs after 30 matches, which is marginally better than the 22-game average that accounted for six different managers during the insane Massimo Cellino era - but only three different gaffers have had less time to stamp their identity on the team.

Also up for consideration is Reading manager Jaap Stam, a name which will be familiar to Manchester United fans.

It is believed the Whites want to make a swift appointment and chairman Andrea Radrizzani wants to appoint a new manager by Wednesday.

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