By Derek Smithson

Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen has revealed that promotion will be the aim next season following his arrival at Elland Road.

The 44-year-old spoke for the first time as Whites boss and has stated his intention to improve on last season’s efforts.

The Yorkshire giants finished seventh in the last campaign and just missed out on the play-off spots, despite occupying the top-six positions for large parts of the year.

However, they will now have to start again following the resignation of Garry Monk and new owner Andrea Radrizzani has appointed Christiansen as the man to help the club back to the Premier League.

The two-time Spain international has explained that he is planning on promotion to the top flight next season and wants to outperform previous coach Monk.

“Leeds believe in my abilities and we all want the same, and to reach the same goals,” Christiansen said in his first press conference as Leeds boss. ”They finished seventh last year, promotion is the aim – I’m hoping to do better.”

Christiansen helped Apoel Nicosia win the Cyprus top flight last year and also guided them to the Europa League last 16.

He has now taken up his first position in English football and will be under pressure to get Leeds back in the Premier League for the first time since their relegation in the 2003/04 season.

In other Leeds news, David Prutton has stated they should should emulate their Championship rivals.

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