Leeds United sack Thomas Christiansen – here are the likely replacements

Leeds United today confirmed that Thomas Christiansen is to leave the club after eight months in charge.

Christiansen, 44, who formerly managed Cypriot side APOEL, had overseen an indifferent run of form since Christmas which had cast a shadow of the club’s strong start to the season.

The Yorkshire club are 10th in the Championship having failed to win since Boxing Day and lost 4-1 at home to Cardiff on Saturday.

Leeds are now looking for their seventh manager since 2014.

Former England boss Steve McClaren has been quick to rule himself out of contention for the job, leaving a sparse number of well-known contenders still in the running.

Gordon Strachan, who left his post as Scotland manager after the country failed to qualify for the World Cup, is among the front-runners.

The Scot’s Wikipedia page has already been updated to include a Leeds entry under his managerial history, indicating that a deal may have been struck before Christiansen was sacked.

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom is also in the running, although with the South Yorkshire outfit lying perilously above the relegation zone it might not be an appealing choice for a club aiming for the playoffs.

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