Thomas Christiansen says Leeds approached him over Gianni Vio appointment

Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.

Vio has moved to Leeds United as set piece coach.

Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.

Thomas Christiansen has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Leeds United approached him about appointing a set piece coach.

Leeds have added Gianni Vio to their backroom team, having scored only three of their 23 Championship goals this season from dead balls.

The Italian arrives with a big reputation, having previously worked at AC Milan, Fiorentina and Brentford.

People walk past concrete barriers placed at the entrance of the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan on August 27, 2017.

But it was not Christiansen - on whom pressure is increasing after five league defeats out of six - who put forward Vio's name.

"He’s a specialist and he’s one of the best in the world," said the Dane, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. "His CV and all the numbers tell good things about him, what he has achieved in many clubs. One of them is Fiorentina where he did a fantastic job. He has many interesting ideas.

"The club told me there was a possibility (of recruiting Vio) and of course I want to have the best with me. I’m more than happy with that."

Aston Villa's win at Preston on Wednesday saw Leeds drop out of the Championship's top six, little more than a month after they went top of the division.

Robert Snodgrass of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Aston Villa at Deepdale on November 1, 2017 in Preston, England.

And the Whites face a difficult trip to Brentford - resurgent after seven games unbeaten - on Saturday, before a two-week break for internationals.

The perfect opportunity, perhaps, for Vio to implement his ideas on the training pitch.

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