By Sky Sports News HQ
Last Updated: 15/06/17 1:14pm
Leeds United have appointed former Spain international Thomas Christiansen as their new head coach, Sky sources understand.
The 44-year-old had been managing in Cyprus with Apoel Nicosia, but it is understood he has left his post with them to make the move to Elland Road.
Christiansen had not been mentioned as a name in the frame for the role in any media and his appointment comes very much from left field.
He was born in Denmark to a Spanish mother and spent most of his playing career as a striker in Spain, featuring twice for the Spain national team.
His only previous managerial experience comes in the Cypriot league, as he managed AEK Larnaca between 2014 and 2016, before taking charge at Apoel Nicosia last season.
Christiansen also spent a short time as assistant manager at Abu Dhabi-based club Al Jazira in the United Arab Emirates in 2013, under Luis Milla.
Christiansen arrives at Leeds as a replacement for new Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk, who resigned in May just two days after Andrea Radrizzani completed his takeover of the club from Massimo Cellino.
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