Revealed: Christiansen set to land top-flight job that shows Leeds got it horribly wrong
EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Former Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is being lined up for a return to management with Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv, Football Insider sources understand.
Christiansen has been out of work since being sacked by Leeds in February after just eight months in charge at Elland Road.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Christiansen is close to being appointed the new boss of Maccabi following talks with the club.
Christiansen, who formerly managed Cypriot side APOEL, started brightly at Leeds winning five of his first seven league matches to take Leeds to the top of the Championship.
However, a disastrous run of form in January, including a shock FA Cup defeat to Newport saw Christiansen sacked in February.
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Christiansen, who succeeded Garry Monk at Elland Road, recorded 13 wins from his 30 league games at Leeds.
Maccabi Tel Aviv are in the market for a new manager with former Manchester United winger Jordi Cruyff stepping down from the role at the end of the season.
A move to Maccabi Tel Aviv would see Christiansen link up with former Leeds chief executive Ben Mansford who holds a similar role at the Israeli club.
Football Insider verdict:
Are Maccabi a bigger club than Leeds? No, they’re not. But the Israeli outfit are perennial title challengers and regulars in European competition, neither of which can be said of United. Christiansen’s impending appointment for such a plum job shows how Leeds got it horribly wrong by sacking him at the start of February, which Andrea Radrizzani subsequently said was a month too late. However, the Italian’s judgement of Championship football and how to build a team is so desperately flawed that it is wise not to pay it too much heed. Leeds were in with a promotion shout when they sacked Christiansen, who had taken them to the top of the league in early autumn. He is a decent manager and Leeds would be better off with him than Paul Heckingbottom.