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Christiansen’s successor could be 56-year-old as intriguing Leeds reports emerge

Leeds United supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to the news that head coach Thomas Christiansen has been sacked by the club, following a poor run of form which culminated in a 4-1 thrashing at home to Cardiff City on Saturday.

The 44-year-old was a surprise choice to replace Garry Monk over the summer but made a fine start to life at Elland Road, with his side top of the Championship back in September, and very much in the play-off picture ever since. However, a run of just two points from a possible 18 has seen the Whites slip to tenth in the division, and Saturday’s disappointing 4-1 defeat to Neil Warnock’s Cardiff was the last straw for Christiansen, who was subsequently relieved of his duties on Sunday as the Yorkshire giants seek their seventh manager since 2014.

As such, there has been much discussion among our resident Leeds fans regarding who Christiansen’s successor might be, and a recent report from The Daily Mirror throws the name of Steve McClaren into the hat.

The 56-year-old has been out of work since the end of December after ending his role as a coaching consultant at Israeli side Maccabi Tel-Aviv, and hasn’t worked in England since losing his job at Derby County back in March 2017.

But with time at Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest, and Newcastle United, as well as an ill-fated stint at the national team manager, McClaren has certainly accumulated much experience in the game, and recent reports suggest that he could be in contention to replace Christiansen having been present at Elland Road on Saturday.

But whether the 56-year-old does indeed turn out to be the club’s choice very much remains to be seen.

Landlord’s verdict: Thomas Christiansen became the latest managerial casualty at Leeds United after being relieved of his duties on Sunday, having seen his side lose for a fourth time in six matches courtesy of a 4-1 thrashing at home to Cardiff City.

As such, attentions are turning towards his successor, and recent reports suggest that former Derby County and England chief Steve McClaren could be in line to replace the 44-year-old, having been present at Elland Road on Saturday.

The 56-year-old’s reputation has taken a hit in recent times following his struggles at Newcastle United, alongside his ill-fated stint in charge of England, yet he would bring vast amounts of experience to a club that are just seven points outside the Championship play-off places.

However, it remains to be seen whether he is indeed the club’s choice to replace Christiansen at Elland Road.

Leeds fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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