New Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen sets sights on Premier League


While there are plenty of options that have already proven themselves in the Championship, The Daily Mail is reporting that Christiansen may be able to convince his new boss to sign someone who he tried to sign while at APOEL, former Blackburn, Nottingham Forest, Birmingham City, Blackpool, and Olympiakos striker Matt Derbyshire.

With Garry Monk having quit the club at the end of the season, director of football Victor Orta has revealed that members of his backroom staff will be following him out the exit door, with Pep Clotet, James Beattie and Darryl Flahavan all set to leave.

But while Orta was unable to give a concrete answer when asked about the 25-year-old's future, he did suggest that he was optimistic that he will be a Leeds player next term.

"I'm very excited and believe we can do good things here", Christiansen said.

Julio Banuelos has followed him from APOEL to be his assistant, with Ivan Torres installed as fitness coach and Marcos Abad as goalkeeping coach. At least the promotion should be there and of course we hope to do better, " Christiansen said.

Christiansen won the Cyprus First Division with APOEL last season and guided the club to the last 16 of the Europa League. That's why I'm here and I learned a lot at APOEL, where they sacked two or three coaches each season in the last four or five years.

Orta, appointed to his role at Elland Road last month, stressed Christiansen would be consulted closely and would have the last word on any new players to arrive at the club.

"So I have to adapt many situations to Leeds, to the team, to the system, everything that goes around the team".

Christiansen is keen to keep hold of 30-goal striker Chris Wood - "who wouldn't be?" he said - but claimed he had no transfer targets at this stage, with the players scheduled to return for medical tests on Friday.

"Being in England is something important".

"For me, if we are going to grow on the road to success, it is really important to have this synergy and trust together".

"I died to be here".