Leeds have appointed Thomas Christiansen as their new head coach.
Former APOEL Nicosia boss Christiansen, 44, is set to be installed as a replacement for Garry Monk, who resigned last month, within the next 24 hours.
The Danish-born former Spain striker steered APOEL to the last 16 of the Europa League and to the Cypriot first division title last season, but was released by the club on the same day that Monk departed Elland Road.
The Whites have been linked with the likes of Aitor Karanka, Claudio Ranieri and Quique Sanchez Flores, but it appears the club’s new chairman Andrea Radrizanni has caused a shock by tasking Christiansen with the job.
Christiansen had not been mentioned as a name in the frame for the role in any media and his appointment comes very much from left field.
“We are delighted to make this announcement today as it successfully concludes what has been a thorough and extensive search, following a huge level of interest from all over the football world,” said Leeds United Managing Director Angus Kinnear.
“We wanted to appoint someone who can help us create a winning culture at the club and unite everyone connected with Leeds United, from the players to the supporters, ultimately taking the club back to where we all feel we belong.
“Thomas was someone who had been on our radar from the very early stages of the process and quickly established himself as the outstanding candidate.
“We are confident we have found a man with who can work with us to take the club to the next level.”
His only previous managerial experience comes in the Cypriot league, as he managed AEK Larnaca between 2014 and 2016, before taking charge at Apoel Nicosia last season.
Christiansen also spent a short time as assistant manager at Abu Dhabi-based club Al Jazira in the United Arab Emirates in 2013, under Luis Milla.