By Derek Smithson
David Prutton believes that Leeds must treat recently appointed manager Thomas Christiansen in a similar way to Carlos Carvalhal at Sheffield Wednesday.
The Whites have named the 44-year-old as their new boss at Elland Road and he has succeeded Garry Monk.
He is fairly unknown to English audiences and is still at the early stages of his managerial career, but helped Cypriot club Apoel Nicosia win their league title last year and reach the last 16 of the Europa League.
Andrea Radrizzani opted to appoint two-time Spain international Christiansen as his new manager rather than experienced English boss.
His appointment has drawn comparisons to Carvalhal’s arrival at Wednesday in 2015 when he took his first job in England, but he has enjoyed relative success at Hillsborough so far.
Prutton feels that Carvalhal has been backed financially by the Owls and states Leeds must do the same with their new senior man.
“Wednesday have backed Carvalhal to an incredible extent financially,” Prutton wrote in the Yorkshire Evening Post. “He’s got a certain level of authority at Hillsborough and the respect for him, I feel, was shown by Wednesday deciding to keep him on again when many thought the club might consider a change.
“Christiansen needs to operate in a similar way and so do Leeds. You can draw conclusions from his CV and make a judgement about how good he’s going be but the reality is that he’ll have a hard time at Elland Road unless Leeds give him a quality squad to work with.”
Yorkshire rivals Leeds and Wednesday will be in direct competition for promotion from the Championship next season, with the pair both in contention last year.
The Whites ended up seventh under Garry Monk, but pushed for the play-off spots for most of the year and had several star players including the likes of Pontus Jansson and Chris Wood.
Meanwhile, Wednesday have been edging closer to a Premier League return in recent years and have suffered play-off heartache in the last two seasons under Carvalhal.
They lost to Hull 1-0 in the final of the 2015/16 campaign and were beaten by Huddersfield on penalties in the semi-finals last season by Huddersfield.
In other Leeds news, Vinnie Jones has offered his thoughts on Monk’s departure.