By Danny Wright

Noel Whelan has admitted that he wasn’t expecting Leeds to announce Thomas Christiansen as their new manager.

The Dane was confirmed as Garry Monk’s successor at Elland Road on Thursday after a three week-long search.

Not many fan would have expected Christiansen to take up the Whites hot-seat, after just three years of managerial experience in Cyprus with AEK Larnaca and APOEL Nicosia leaving him to be little-known among English football fans.

And that sentiment is shared by former Leeds striker Whelan, who took to his personal Twitter account on Thursday to delivers his honest verdict on the appointment.

“I wasn’t expecting him but now he’s there lets get behind him and the boys,” said the 42-year-old.

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Christian only spent one season with APOEL, but managed to win the Cypriot first division and lead them to the last 16 of the Europa League against all odds.

Both of his spells in Cyprus has seen him achieve above and beyond expectations as he led AEK Larnaca to their highest every league finish in the club’s history.

The 44-year-old also enjoyed a relatively successful playing career, turning out for teams like Barcelona, Real Oviedo, Villarreal and Bochum.

Christiansen’s long time spent in Spain meant that he was eligable to play for their national team despite being born in Denmark.

He earned two international caps with the Spanish side, and scored once in a 5-0 thrashing of Lithuania in 1993.

In other Leeds news, Christiansen has sent a Twitter message to the fans.

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