Leeds sack manager, again, as Premier League promotion chances weakened

Elland Road, home to Leeds United
Elland Road, home to Leeds United

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani is searching for the third manager since he took over at Elland Road nine months ago after sacking head coach Thomas Christiansen.

Christiansen, a former Barcelona and Spain striker, replaced popular manager Garry Monk last summer and started strongly, winning five of his first seven league matches.

However a run of seven games without a win, including a shock defeat by Newport County in the FA Cup and a heavy 4-1 defeat at home to Cardiff on Saturday, resulted in Christiansen’s sacking.

The club said in a statement: “Leeds United can confirm that head coach Thomas Christiansen has left the club.

“Chairman Andrea Radrizzani and the board of directors would like to thank Thomas and his staff for their hard work over the past eight months.”

The last nine permanent managers of Leeds United have all been in post for less than 15 months as the club desperately seeks a return to the Premier League. Leeds are currently 10th in the Championship, seven points off the play-offs and 13 points outside the automatic promotion places. Radrizzani will hope a new manager can, in the 16 games remaining, reignite the club’s promotion prospects.