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Christiansen reveals Premier aim

19th June 2017, 16:02 by Craig Smithson

New head coach Thomas Christiansen is targeting the Premier League with Leeds United and is relishing the challenge of a promotion bid.

The 44-year-old former APOEL Nicosia boss, who has signed a two-year contract with an option for a third, was formally unveiled at Elland Road on Monday lunch-time.

Leeds announced Christiansen as their eighth manager since May 2014 last Thursday. Julio Banuelos has followed him from APOEL to be his assistant at Elland Road, with Ivan Torres installed as fitness coach and Marcos Abad as goalkeeping coach.

"I'm very excited and believe we can do good things here," Christiansen said. "I believe in my possibilities. This is why I'm here and Leeds also believe in my abilities and we all want the same.

"Last year we finished seventh. At least the promotion should be there and of course we hope to do better."

Christiansen, successor to Garry Monk who quit the club last month and has since been installed as Middlesbrough's new manager, guided APOEL to the last 16 of the Europa League and their domestic league title in his only season in charge, but his 12-month contract was not renewed.

APOEL, Cyprus' most successful club, were knocked out of the Champions League in the preliminary stages and Christiansen departed on May 25, the same day Monk handed in his shock resignation at Leeds.

Christiansen impressed club owner Andrea Radrizzani and director of football Victor Orta with a presentation during his interview last week in Madrid.

"The most important is that you know where you're going, what you want to do in the new club and have an idea of work, that was what I presented," Christiansen said.

"My ideas, how I saw the team, what I want to do and that was in the presentation and it looks like they liked it.

"I'm in a big club with ambition and also one of the things that inspired me to come here after having a talk with Victor and the chairman, it's a big club which deserves and has to be in the Premier League.

"I believe with good work we can achieve that. Since I was a boy I've followed the English league and know how they play and how they have advanced."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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