New Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he will promote tactical flexibility at Elland Road next season.
Speaking at his first press conference since moving to Leeds, Christiansen has suggested that he knows how Championship sides like to play - and he will be devising the best plan possible to enable the Whites to dominate matches.
Christiansen has never before managed outside Cyprus, but has previously promoted a possession based approach.
However, the former Barcelona man has hinted that at Leeds he could look to be more flexible to get the best out of his side.
He said: “I know how they play with direct play and a 4-4-2. I will try and put my ideas onto the pitch and bring that to the players to dominate games and have control of it. This is progress I have to show. But I am very excited and believe we can do good things.
“I will be new in this league, but I am very flexible. I have my ideas of how I want to play, but I have to adapt to different circumstances and the league and the players we have in this squad and of course, the opponent.”
Christiansen’s appointment at Leeds was a major shock, and he comes to Yorkshire as a relative unknown.
Christiansen had great success in his last job at APOEL, but whether he will cope with the switch to the English game remains to be seen.
The 44-year-old boss will be under serious pressure to make an immediate impact at Leeds, as he has to follow in Garry Monk’s footsteps.
Leeds finished in seventh place in the Championship table last season, and the task will be to go one better next time around.