Thomas Christiansen has had his say on the Leeds United exit just a few weeks ago and he has some clear views on why his spell came to an abrupt end. Samu Saiz, early season form and injuries are what he believes cost him his job, although some will tell you these didn’t help, tactics, man management and awful decisions didn’t help him either.
Thomas Christiansen was sacked at the start of February and replaced with highly rated Paul Heckingbottom just two days later as Andrea Radrizzani cut ties with a man he said was a “mistake”. He was out of his depth and Radrizzani told fans he was sorry, and the “job was to big for Christiansen”. He went on to say that a lack of squad management and general leadership was severely lacking at the game at Newport, dubbed the shame game by the owner was just about the final straw. After no wins in 2018 and some horrible form he was sacked less than 9 months into the role.
“Our best player, Spaniard Samu Saiz, got a red card for spitting in the face of an opponent as we went out of the FA Cup against Newport”
“Saiz was our most important player in the offensive part of the game and we couldn’t afford to buy a new one. Suspensions and injuries piled up. The squad just wasn’t big enough for us to replace those players.”
“It’s a big club with dreams of moving back to the Premier League, where they believe they belong” he said.
“Every single season, both the club and its fans believe that now they’re ready.
“The fans said the team had not played so well for over a decade. With our good start, expectations grew a little more.”
Christiansen does have some valid points here, the Saiz injury wouldn’t help anyone in charge of the side and the start of the season did raise expectations but we were told play-offs were the minimum and Christiansen was getting us nowhere near the top six the way he was going, however…His tactics were passive and non-existent, his attitude was that it was never the fault of the players or him, it was always just bad luck and his management of the squad was shocking. He had no plan b, something we saw in Heckingbottom’s first game and he had no leadership of that team.